We are a group of history enthusiasts who would welcome new members.
We normally meet on the fourth (occasionally fifth) Tuesday of the month at 2 p.m. at the Anglers Rest in Bamford.
We choose different themes to explore and encourage individuals to pursue their own particular interest in relation to these. Usually one person in the group introduces the discussion but all members of the group are encouraged to do their own research and feed back what they have found of interest to the group. We cover different periods of history, sometimes with a local and regional focus, sometimes with a focus on Britain and sometimes from a wider international perspective.
Over the last five years our themes have included the First World War in the Hope Valley, Religion, monasteries and churches, Trade, finance and exploration, Slavery and the slave trade, Anglo-Scandinavian and Norman England, the Civil Wars in England and Ireland. Recently we have been exploring the history of law, crime and law enforcement in Britain, banking and money, and the enclosures of common land.
In August 2017 we visited Creswell Crags for a really interesting day, seeing the caves and learning about the fascinating archaeological discoveries including the rock art and the lives of stone-age people. In June 2018 we went to the superb exhibition at the World Museum, Liverpool on China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors. In July 2019 we visited the Archaeological Dig at the New Hall site, Castleton.
Dates of the next few meetings of the History Group are below. All meetings will be at 2 pm at the Anglers Rest, unless otherwise indicated.
Tuesday 28.01.2020 – The Poor Law (to be introduced by Richard)
Tuesday 25.02.2020 - Parish Councils (to be introduced by Simon)
If you are interested and/or would like more details, please contact the History convenor, Jean Gardiner.