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 2017

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

27th February 2017

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.

11th March 2017

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 2017        

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 2017           

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

29th May 2017    

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

26th -  29th August 2017

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 2017           

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

30th October 2017             

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 2017          

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


26th  February 2018

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


26th  March  2018

Hugh Sharp - The Tolpuddle Martyrs

and three associated stories


30th April 2018

Robert Mee - Bradshaw's and an Early Railway Tour

Monday 28th  May  2018 at  8pm

Julie Ede

Wonderful, Wicked, Wily Wallis