We are a group of history enthusiasts who would welcome new members. We are now meeting in a member's garden or on Zoom on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 2 p.m. Please get in touch with the convenor for details, see below.
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 six years our themes have included the First World War in the Hope Valley, Religion, monasteries and churches, Trade, finance and exploration, Anglo-Scandinavian and Norman England, the Civil Wars in England and Ireland. Recently we have learnt about the history of law, crime and law enforcement in Britain, banking and money, the enclosures of common land, slavery and anti-slavery. We are now exploring the history of North America.
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.
Our next outdoor meeting is at 2 pm on Tuesday 27.07.21.
The topic will be ‘George Washington and the American Revolution'.
If you are interested and/or would like more details, please contact the History convenor, Jean Gardiner.