Out Now – A New Book from Janet Murphy

A remarkable new book by our Chair, Janet, and yet another example of her painstaking documenting of our town’s history over the years.

Chesterfield’s Remarkable Women by Janet Murphy tells the stories of 50 women with links with Chesterfield.

Published by Bannister Publications. Priced at £8.50, all proceeds from sales will go to Ashgate HospiceCare.

It is now available from Bannister Publications, either over the counter or online, Chesterfield Visitor Centre, Ashgate Hospicecare shop and Waterstones.

Edward Carpenter – A Talk by Peter Tatchell


This Monday 28th June at 7pm distinguished human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell will give the 1st Edward Carpenter Memorial Lecture. This will be via zoom at 7pm and can easily be attended by anyone virtually anywhere.

To get the zoom link you have to just book a ticket here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/edward-carpenter-memorial-lecture-with-guest-speaker-peter-tatchell-tickets-159608743047 with the charge set at just £4 wth the money raising money for Derbyshire LGBT+.

Edward Carpenter (1844-1929): socialist, feminist, environmentalist and LGBT+ rights campaigner was quite literally the last gay man standing in England when Oscar Wilde went to prison and the France at the turn of the century. And yet throughout this time and right up to 1922 Edward was living in Chesterfield and subsequently Millthorpe, Derbyshire, as an out gay man with his same sex partners, notably George Merrill. This talk written and delivered by Peter Tatchell will draw out the stor of Edward and his associates as well as his significance for equality campaigners today.


Derbyshire LGBT+ would like to express their gratitude to Peter for giving this talk which he has specially written after he visited the LGBT+ Centre in Chesterfield last year as part of the Derbyshire events to celebrate Edward Carpenter.

Covid Status

Cancellation of Meetings
     It can come as no surprise that in view of the continuing uncertainty about meetings and the regulations involved the committee has reluctantly decided that the rest of the meetings for 2020 should be cancelled with the hope that we might start again next February. All people who have paid their subscriptions for 2020 will be regarded as having paid their subscriptions for 2021.
     The Family History/Local History Fair has been postponed until next May and the Local History Day at the Museum has been abandoned.
     As there will be no easy way of distributing or selling the Journal it will be held over to next year.