Owing to the current situation with the Coronavirus, Belper Historical Society has made the decision to halt all meetings until 2021.
Our monthly meeting talks for 2020 are listed below.
Wednesday 8th January 2020
Derbyshire’s Connections with the Sea
Derbyshire is about as far away from the sea as anywhere in the UK, but Liz Keeley will reveal a surprising number of local maritime connections.
Wednesday 5th February
Belper’s Musical Links – The Rev Thomas Mawkes and Sigismund von Neukomm
A musical prodigy from Belper – a story with global connections and artistic intrigue – and an Austrian composer with connections to Belper’s Strutt family.
Wednesday 4th March
Looking for Frances Arkwright
Better than a period drama! Rosemary explains the research undertaken to discover the talented life of Frances Arkwright.
Wednesday 1st April
Derbyshire to the Pyramids: World Heritage in action
Reviewing the origins and development of UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
Wednesday 6th May
The Strutt Farms
Research into the Strutt Farms, their innovative design and construction and what they provided.
Wednesday 3rd June
Florence Nightingale – the Lady with the Lamp
To mark 200 years since her birth in Florence, Italy we follow the story of Florence Nightingale, from her early life
in Holloway to being known as the founder of modern nursing, a profoundly talented statistician and advocate of social reform.
Wednesday 1st July
Images of Old Belper – Open discussion
View images of old Belper, challenge your knowledge and share recollections.
Wednesday 2nd September
Discover the ancient art of thatching – still very much alive today through the skill of modern master thatcher David Wood.
Wednesday 7th October
The Watercourses and Culverts of
Discover more about the water system of Cromford Mill, John’s digital mapping of the Cromford Mills site and his research on the
With photos, film footage and 3D computer modelling, this is a remarkable insight into the Cromford Mills site.
Wednesday 4th November
Close to Belper, Morley Park has a rich history – it once provided fine iron for the Belper nailers.
Includes the Annual General Meeting.
Wednesday 4th December
The Douglases of Ashbourne, Jedediah
Strutt and the Slave Trade
The Douglases were involved in the slave trade before moving to Ashbourne. Isabella married Joseph Strutt, son of Jedediah. Learn their stories.