Formed in 1983 to record and promote interest in the history of the Derbyshire village of Sawley
Sat 5th January

Mon 28th January

Mon 25th February

Mon 25th March

Mon 29th April

Sat 11th May

Mon 27th May


Mon 24th June

Sat 27th July


Sat 24th - Tues 27th August

Mon 30th
September

Mon 28th October

Mon 25th November


Annual Supper & Social Evening.
Church Hall 7pm. Punch, pie and homemade puddings,quizzes and a beetle drive.  

Annual General Meeting. Followed by local historian Sandra Stock who will give an illustrated talk about the Fire at the Church of St Chad at Wilne in 1917.

The Drummond Murders. Member Tony Horton talks about the murder of Sir Jack Drummond  and his family whilst on a camping holiday in France. A real “Who dunnit?”.

The History of British Prisons. Ex- prison officer Richard Papworth gives an insight into the development  of the prison system. From the hulks to the Mountbatten report.  

Farmhouses through time: W. Keith Blood gives an illustrated talk looking at
the diversity of architecture, materials and aspects of farms and farming through the ages.

Local History Day.  A day celebrating our 30th anniversary. Other local history groups  will be joining us with exhibitions and artefacts of interest. More information nearer the date.

First of our outside meetings. Sandra Newton guides an evening walk  to
Shardlow crossing the new Horse Bridge. Details of time and meeting place
to follow.

Heritage Walk around Darley Abbey: Evening walk led by Lin and Rod Young.  Details of time and meeting place to follow later.

Avoncroft:   All day visit to this 15 acre site near Bromsgrove. Rescued historic buildings spanning 700 years range from a 1940's prefab to a medieval house and windmill. Details to follow.

Society's Exhibition: to be displayed in the Church Hall over the August Bank
Holiday, in conjunction with All Saints Flower Festival. Open 10am to 6pm.      


Life and Times of a Farrier: Retired farrier Doug Bradbury gives an account of his working life in this ancient trade.

Tudor and Stuart Food: Mark Dawson presents his findings into research into
food eaten in Derbyshire during the Tudor and Stuart period. May be biscuits!      

Christmas, True Victorian Style: A welcome return to Jo Carter, who tells what Christmas was really like before Singing Santas and Fairy lights.

Historical Society 2013 Programme