Formed in 1983 to record and promote interest in the history of the Derbyshire village of Sawley

Sat 10th Jan

“Swan Canaries” - Arletty Theatre Group

Lively interpretation, including songs from the time, of the story of some of the  women workers in the Chilwell shell-filling factory up to the explosion of 1918.

Tickets- from Lin  0115  972 7141  £5 tea/coffee included. 7.30pm.

Mon 26th Jan

Annual General Meeting

Followed by our treasurer Rod Young who will give an illustrated talk about The History of Bonsai from China in 206 BC to present day New Sawley.

Mon 23rd Feb

The Life and Expeditions of Sir Ernest Shackleton - Hugh Sharp

An illustrated talk about the life of explorer Ernest Shackleton, his expeditions and some of the people in his life including his relationship with Captain Scott.

Mon 30th Mar

Victorian fairs: freaks and fisticuffs - Dr. Ann Featherstone

Recently seen on BBC’s “Who do you think you are?” Dr Ann Featherstone gives us the benefit of her extensive knowledge of Victorian entertainment.

Mon 27th April

Smashing the Frames - Bob Massey

The story of the Luddites who began their campaign in Nottinghamshire to try and stop mechanisation of the textile industry.

Mon 25th May

(Bank Holiday)

John and John Tradescant - Patsie Jarman

England’s seventeenth century master gardeners who travelled the world collecting plants for the country’s most important people including Charles 1st.

Mon 29th June

Dale Abbey

An early evening talk and guided walk around the Abbey and Church.

Sat 25th July


Visit to Cromford Mill.  Guided walks around the mill in the morning and the village of Cromford in the afternoon. Own transport.

Sat 29th Aug - Tue 1st Sept       

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.      

Mon 28th Sep

National Service at Home and Abroad 1948-1962 - Jed Jaggard   

Lively personality Jed Jaggard from “Up an’Attem” talks of the trials and tribulations of National Service well remembered by some of our members.  

Mon 26th Oct

Footpads, Kings and Highwaymen - Ian Morgan

A journey of just over 34 miles as the A1 passes through Nottinghamshire reveals a history of battles, murders, highwaymen and much more.

Mon 30th Nov

 The Last of the Shell Workers - George Hook

An interesting look at a dying craft and hear its history as we see a sea shell turned into beautiful objects. There will be the chance to buy your Christmas presents!