Formed in 1983 to record and promote interest in the history of the Derbyshire village of Sawley Past Events 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 Historical Society 2017-18 Programme

 2017 Events Programme


30th January

Annual General Meeting: Followed by Dr. Ann Featherstone joining us again, this time with “Fools and Horses” looking at the Victorian Circus and its performers

Monday 27th February

Arming a Knight: A welcome return for Jed Jeggard from “UP AN’ AT ‘EM!” History, who demonstrates the types of armour a knight would wear and the weapons he would carry.

Saturday 11th March


Quilter and the Ghost

We welcome the Arletty Theatre Group back again.  Quilter and the Ghost is a musical play woven from over a hundred inspirational stories collected from the people of Nottingham. Featuring an army of grandmothers, pirates, educators, writers and a female highwayman, this play brings to life some remarkable characters that otherwise might have faded into obscurity.   

Tickets- £6  from  01332 850 321 or 0115 849198 or  01332 872 148  

Tea/Coffee available.

Admission by ticket only


27th March          

The Biggest Worsted Mill:  Bob Massey returns to give us the story of Hawksley and Davison and the start of the Industrial Revolution.


24th April            

Origins of Sayings.  Part 1:  Looking at the sometimes unexpected beginnings of common sayings with Ian Hingley.


29th May

(Bank Holiday)    

Through the Carriage Window: Trevor Griffin talks of the History of the Derwent Valley Railway Line from Derby to Matlock.

Summer Programme - Full details to be published nearer the time

Sat 26th -  Tues 29th August

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.     


25th September            

The History of Horology:  Ross Alcock looks at the history of 6000 years of time-keeping with particular reference to English innovations.


30th October              

A Happy Russian Christmas:  Postponed from Nov. 2016 because of illness, Cathy McAteer delves into Russian History before the revolution and after to describe the festive season.   

27th November           

Redcoats of Nottinghamshire: Michael P. Kirkby talks about some of the notable local characters that enlisted into the army and wore one of the famous “redcoats”.


29th January 2018

AGM, to be followed by

Bob Neill - Bits and Bobs from my Grandfather's Shop

Monday 26th  February 2018

Stephen Flinders - The Life and Travels of Robert Bruce Napoleon Walker

Monday 26th  March  2018 at  8pm

Hugh Sharp - The Tolpuddle Martyrs

and three associated stories

Monday 30th April 2018 at 8pm

Robert Mee - Bradshaw's and an Early Railway Tour