Meetings are normally held at St Thomas Centre, Chatsworth Road, Chesterfield, S40 3AW and start at 7:30 pm unless otherwise stated.

There are no meetings in December or January.

A typical meeting at St Thomas Centre.

There is usually a talk or presentation on a subject about, or related to, the history of Chesterfield and surrounding districts.

Admission is free for members and for visitors the charge is £3. Free parking is available on site or on neighbouring streets.

Doors normally open from around 7pm for a 7.30pm start and there is an opportunity to obtain light refreshments before and after our presentation (50p per cup of tea or coffee).

Our 2024 meetings programme is available to download as a pdf at the bottom of this page.

August 19 – Rod Auton – History and Future of the Chesterfield Canal 

Rod is a leading member of the Chesterfield Canal Trust and until recently edited their magazine ‘Cuckoo’. He will be looking at the history of the canal, its decline and more recent restoration, as well as giving us a taste of what the future is for this important recreational facility might hold.

September 16 – Philip Morris – A History of Old Whittington, its church and people 

Philip has a particular interest in Old Whittington Parish Church (he is married to the Rector!), and may be familiar as the face behind the extensive and ever growing annual local history exhibition in the church. In this new talk he will be giving us the benefit of his extensive research and knowledge into not only the church, but also some of the people and the history of the parish.

October 21 – Byron Machin – Stone Circles of the Peak District 

Byron visited us in October 2023, when he gave us a talk on mining in the county and the Peak District. In this talk he will tell us about the stone circles present in the same area. have you ever passed by Arbor Low and wondered what was its history? You’ll be able to find out more about this stone circle and others in this talk.

November 18 – Jamie Mather – Wingerworth Stone Sawmill: How archaeology revealed a forgotten local industry

What is the history behind a long-forgotten and now demolished sawmill at Wingerworth? Extensively excavated and researched by our colleagues in the North East Derbyshire Industrial Archaeology Society this talk will look primarily at the physical evidence from the site and surrounding area. It will include new material that’s not been presented before, from analysis done during the lockdown period.

December – no meeting.

Download our 2024 meetings as a pdf programme by clicking on the button below. Please note that the meetings published in our original programme for 15 April and 19 August have been swapped. This download is therefore the correct programme.

Page last updated: 25 July 2024.