Ashbourne & District

Landscape & Heritage

Leader: John Barnett
Telephone: 01335 344809
Email: Click on the blue envelope

The Landscape and Heritage Group is for anyone with a general interest in history and how the local and wider landscapes have evolved. In particular we look at the impact of industry and agriculture on the development of towns and villages from prehistoric times to the present day. Derbyshire and its neighbouring counties are particularly rich in interesting and varied places to visit under the guidance of members of the group or local experts. In addition to looking at the influence of humans on the landscape, we also visit natural geological features. Recent highlights have included a visit to one of the last factories making buttons from mother of pearl, to Sinai Park House near Burton, some of which dates back to the fourteenth century and which is currently being restored, and to the last working bell foundry in Britain. We have had a "behind the scenes" tour of the Matlock Record Office, looked at veteran trees in the landscape at Kedleston Park, had guided tours of Uttoxeter Market Place, Rocester and Darley Mills, and have had a walk following the Ashbourne Treasures map of 1547, guided by historian Susan Woore. Visits are very sociable and short walks are taken at a relaxed pace. During the winter months we hold indoor meetings to look at topics which interest members and which in the past have included the Impact on the Landscape of the Eighteenth Century Droving Trade. Our meetings are usually on the morning of the third Friday of the month, although this may be changed to accommodate venue opening times.

New members and ideas for future meetings are always welcome.
If there is somewhere you would like to visit in the future, please let us know.
For further details, please contact the coordinator John Barnett.

Dates for your Diary
Fri May 17th Visit to the National Memorial Arboretum. Members will make their own way to the Arboretum
If you intend to go to the NMA and have not yet told me, please can you let me know whether you would like a lift or can offer seats in your car. The site is level and walking is easy on made paths. Mobility scooters are available for a charge of £5 and wheelchairs are free, although they expect a donation. There is also a land train which tours the site. Scooters should be booked individually in advance. Details are available on the NMA website at www.thenma.org.uk. If you have not been before please be assured that it is well worth a visit.
Meet at the Arboretum Visitor Centre at 10-30am.
Sat Jun 22nd Visit to the David Mellor Cutlery workshop. To be confirmed.
Fri Jul 19th Visit to the City of Caves and Justice Museum Nottingham.
Fri Aug 16th Guided tour of Roman Buxton and the Opera House. To be confirmed
Fri Sep 20th Guided walk in Repton. To be confirmed.
Fri Oct 18th Visit to Sheffield Industrial Museums. More details in due course.
Fri Nov 15th To be announced
Fri Dec 20th Christmas Lunch. Date may be changed.

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