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We want your memories!

As part of an ongoing project, the Heanor & District Local History Society wants to hear from YOU.

We would like to establish a collection of people’s memories about the area – from any period, and from any part of the district. And ANY subject – whether home life, work life, shopping, leisure. It doesn’t matter how trivial you may think your reminiscences are, they will help form part of a much bigger picture, which we can use to assist our future research, publications and newsletters.

This is nothing new of course; we have always asked for this from our members, but we have now decided to use this method to try to prompt people by asking specific questions. And we would like those who interact with us via the internet to take part too, as long as they have memories of the Heanor area.

Every couple of meetings or so, we distribute a new questionnaire to members on a different topic, and with a number of specific questions to hopefully get people’s memories going. There is no deadline. You don’t have to take part in all, or any, of the topics. Likewise, you don’t have to be a member to take part – all that we ask is that it is something to do with the Heanor area, or which involved Heanor people. If you can think of someone else who may like to help, please feel free to print a copy of the form out and get them to fill it in for us.

The results of these questionnaires depend entirely on how much information is returned. We might manage a short piece in a future newsletter, your detail might help on a future webpage, or we might end up publishing a new book on the strength of readers’ comments!

Each questionnaire is published in two different formats – either Microsoft Word or as a pdf file. If you can use the Microsoft Word file, just download it, fill it in, then email it back to us. If you’re not able to do this, download the pdf file instead and send us a free-text email following the format of the questionnaire.

Alternatively, send us whatever memories you have in whatever format you choose –everything is welcome!

We look forward to reading your comments.


Shops: Tell us what you remember about a local shop from the past.

Download MS Word questionnaire; or

Open PDF questionnaire.

First Job: Can you remember when you started work? Tell us about it.

Download MS Word questionnaire; or

Open PDF questionnaire.


School: The best years of your life? Were they?

Download MS Word questionnaire; or

Open PDF questionnaire.

A Walk in the Country: What are your memories of the area’s countryside?

Download MS Word questionnaire; or

Open PDF questionnaire.


Clubs & Societies: What organised activities were you involved with?

Download MS Word questionnaire; or

Open PDF questionnaire.

All the fun of the fair: What do you recall of the fairs or wakes of the past?

Download MS Word questionnaire; or

Open PDF questionnaire.


Holidays: Whether Butlins, Lanzerote, or Matlock – what do you remember?

Download MS Word questionnaire; or

Open PDF questionnaire.

Church or Chapel: Tell us your memories of our local places of worship.

Download MS Word questionnaire; or

Open PDF questionnaire.


Christmas: Your memories of Christmas past – we’d love to hear them.

Download MS Word questionnaire; or

Open PDF questionnaire.

Doctors and Health: What do you remember about your doctor?

Download MS Word questionnaire; or

Open PDF questionnaire.


Child’s Play: Tell us about your local recreation ground when you were young.

Download MS Word questionnaire; or

Open PDF questionnaire.

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