New Discoveries at Dale Mine

History Live March 4th meetingNew Discoveries at Dale Mine, with Dr Catherine Parker Heath.

Our next History Live meeting will be on Wednesday March 4th at 7.30 in Hollinsclough Chapel Hall.  However as you know, it’s best to come early to bag the best seats and cakes!!  Doors will be open from 6.45.

We’re really pleased that Catherine will be making a return visit to tell us all about the excavations at Dale Mine.  Catherine is a great supporter of History Live and many of you will know her from other local activities too.

Over the summer of 2019, a group of hard-working South West Peak volunteers, led by Dr John Barnatt and funded by the SWPeak’s Small Heritage Adoption project, carried out excavations at Dale Mine near Warslow, the results of which challenged previous interpretations of the remains. Dale Mine itself is an historically important 18th and 19th century lead and zinc mine standing in an impressive location, high above the Manifold Valley, opposite Ecton Hill, site of the renowned copper mines of the Dukes of Devonshire.

Catherine is the South West Peak Cultural Heritage Officer responsible for managing the Barns and Buildings and Small Heritage Adoption Projects in the area. Prior to this, she worked as project manager with the Tudor Farming Interpretation Group on the Community Archaeology Project, based at Under Whitle Farm, near Sheen. Catherine also co-runs Enrichment Through Archaeology with her husband and fellow archaeologist, Ian, delivering archaeology workshops to schools around the country.

We are always looking for cake makers so please contact Elspeth first – to help with her planning – whether you can either join the regular rota or bake for just this meeting. We reimburse your costs.  Tel: 01298 83282 or elspeth.walker@virgin.net

A reminder that entrance is just £3 which includes refreshments, so we look forward to seeing you on March 4th.

A Moorland Album: Edwardian Moorlands seen through the photographs of WH Nithsdale

The first History Live meeting of the New Year will be on Wednesday 5th February 2020 at 7.30pm (doors open 6.45) in Hollinsclough Chapel Hall,

A Moorland Album: Edwardian Moorlands seen through the photographs of WH Nithsdale with David Cliffe

Local tax collector WH Nithsdale took his camera as he walked and cycled around the Moorlands, producing a host of memorable images of town and village life before the First World War. David Cliffe has spent a decade researching Nithsdale’s life and collecting his photographs and has published a book of around 300 of the images. The second edition has just been produced with even more local photos.

David will share his enthusiasm for Nithsdale’s life and work at the first History Live meeting of the new year and everyone is very welcome to come along.

We are always looking for cake makers so please contact Elspeth, to help with her planning, if you can either join the regular rota or bake for one meeting. Tel: 01298 83282 or elspeth.walker@virgin.net

About History Live

History Live is a friendly group which meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 7.30 in Hollinsclough Chapel Hall. (SK17 0RH for satnavs) to listen to great speakers and enjoy sharing an interest in local history. Entrance is just £3 which includes hot drinks and our famous home made cakes!

To find out more contact Janet on 01298 84624, email: historylive@gmx.co.uk or our website: www.historylive.org.uk.

The Story of the Air Ambulance

The Story of the Air Ambulance – with Peter Corbett
December 4 2019 at 7.30

In 2009 Peter was rescued from a serious car racing collision at Buxton Raceway by the Air Ambulance who rushed him to hospital. He had severe life threatening injuries and wouldn’t have survived without the help of the Air Ambulance. Since then Peter has spent all his free time fundraising and raising awareness of the work of the service in our area. Peter will tell us how the Air Ambulance came into being and how its work around the country and locally has developed. Despite its crucial work, the service receives no government funding and relies entirely upon donations. We will be holding our Christmas raffle in aid of this life saving cause and there will be some great prizes so do come along and enjoy crackers, mince pies and a festive evening.

About History Live

History Live is a friendly group which meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 7.30 in Hollinsclough Chapel Hall. (SK17 0RH for satnavs) to listen to great speakers and enjoy sharing an interest in local history. Entrance is just £3 which includes hot drinks and our famous home made cakes!

To find out more contact Janet on 01298 84624, email: historylive@gmx.co.uk or our website: www.historylive.org.uk.

The Leekfrith Torcs: The Story So Far

The next History Live meeting will be on Wednesday November 6th at 7.30 in Hollinsclough Chapel Hall.  As usual doors will open at 6.45 so do come along early if you can, for a coffee and cake (or two).  Some of you will already know Joe Perry from his work at Buxton Museum.

In 2016, the discovery of four Iron Age gold torcs near Leek surprised archaeologists and locals alike. Almost three years on, Joe Perry will revisit the story of their discovery and discuss what we’ve learnt about the torcs: what do they tell us about the Iron Age, and what questions remain unanswered…

Joe is the Curator of Local History at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, looking after both the social history and archaeology collections. Before his current job he worked at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery for several years as part of the Wonders of the Peak project.

About History Live

History Live is a friendly group which meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 7.30 in Hollinsclough Chapel Hall. (SK17 0RH for satnavs) to listen to great speakers and enjoy sharing an interest in local history. Entrance is just £3 which includes hot drinks and our famous home made cakes!

To find out more contact Janet on 01298 84624, email: historylive@gmx.co.uk or our website: www.historylive.org.uk.

Trespassers on Kinder Scout

The Mass Trespass

2 October 2019 at 7.30pm
Hollinsclough Chapel Hall (SK17 0RH)

At this our second meeting of the season, we are really pleased to welcome well known author and Peak District expert, Roly Smith.  Roly has written 92 books, mainly about walking and the British countryside and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, vice-president of the Outdoor Writers’ and Photographers’ Guild, and a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers.  As the former Head of Information Services with the Peak District National Park, he became known in the local Press as “Mr Peak District”! Roly has entitled his talk ‘Forgive us our Trespassers’ and has sent the following information which he hopes will whet your appetite and tempt you to come along.

“Forgive us our trespassers

The Mass Trespass of Kinder Scout in 1932 has been described as “the most successful example of direct action in the history of the British countryside” and 87 years after the event, we are still talking about it. I’ll start by giving the background to the trespass; the historical reasons for it happening, resulting from the Enclosure Acts of the 18th and 19th centuries. Then I’ll describe the trespass itself, the trial and the sentences handed down by the judge – which I’m sure is the reason we still remember it. The consequences of the trespass will also be explained, the various celebrations which have taken place since, and how it eventually led to the right to roam that the CROW ACT of 2000 (which celebrates its 20th anniversary next year) gave us all.”

Would you like to do your bit to contribute to another successful evening?  How about baking a cake or some scones or some flapjacks or some biscuits or or or….?  We could do with a few more bakers to either join the rota or just to provide a home-bake as a one-off one evening.  We reimburse you £4 per cake. If you can help, please contact Elspeth on 01298 83282 or elspeth.walker@virgin.net.  Thanks!

About History Live

History Live is a friendly group which meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 7.30 in Hollinsclough Chapel Hall. (SK17 0RH for satnavs) to listen to great speakers and enjoy sharing an interest in local history. Entrance is just £3 which includes hot drinks and our famous home made cakes!

To find out more contact Janet on 01298 84624, email: historylive@gmx.co.uk or our website: www.historylive.org.uk.