News and Events

Details on upcoming news and events will be added to this page at regular intervals. 


UPDATE 18th NOVEMBER - We're getting there.  The fantastic team of painters and fixing of things on high walls have done an amazing jobs, thank you everyone so much. So it's now down to refurbishing the displays and putting them back up again.  Watch out for news of the Wyvern Dragon - he's all ready for fixing on the high spot from where his predecessor took a dive.  

UPDATE 23rd September 2017.  We'll be closed on 24th September and 1st October for refurbishment - we hope to re-open on 8th October but will announce on our website and Facebook pages when we're certain.  The dragon will be covered in dust sheets, but is still at the chapel.   Exciting times - refurbishment and establishment of a database of our artefacts - all in readiness for July 2018 and celebration of 25 years of residence in the Heritage Chapel. 

UPDATE 10th August 2017.  The Wyvern Dragon is still there for a few more days.  A Trust meeting on Tuesday 9th turned out to be a great exchange of ideas - brainstorming in fact.  Watch out for news of refurbishment and the creation of a database of all our effects.  This should allow us to respond very quickly to questions from visitors on foot, by post or by email.   More later! 

UPDATE 24th July 2017.  Call in and see the Alfreton Dragon while you can - he won't be at the Chapel for long.  Dragon mugs are now for sale at £5 each.

UPDATE 19th July 2017

The anniversary weekend held over 1st/2nd July featured the Pentrich Revolution BiCentenary commemoration and the 1912 miners' strike - all still available to be seen every Sunday afternoon, 2-4pm until late autumn. 

As many will have read in the local press, there are plans afoot to write and produce a play based on John Marshall, hero of the 1912 miners strike.

Alfreton’s John Marshall was front page news in the Daily Mirror of February 12th 1912 (price One Halfpenny) under the heading “The Great Coal Strike begins. Two thousand Derbyshire miners down tools and desert the pits”.

Recent exhibitions at Ironville and the former Mortimer Wilson School can also be seen, along with photos and memorabilia of the area’s history. The Trust Chapel is open on 1st July 2-4 pm and 2nd July 12–4 pm and every Sunday from 2 to 4pm. 

The latest book list is as follows:       History around Alfreton:  £2.50.  Tudor Alfreton:  £3.00  Early Riddings as soon through old records:  £2.50.  Early Swanwick as soon through old records:  £2.50.  Somercotes Before 1851: £2.50.   Voices from the Past:  £4.50.  A Natural Business - John George Severn:  £4.50

Produced in 2016 by the History  Workshops:    Riddings History Project No. 1 - William Shawcroft.   £2.00.   Local Hisory Project No. 1: Tagg Farm Recipes & Remedies:  £3.50.  Alfreton-Made Mugs, Commissioned by the Trust:   Ay-U Ofton:  £10.00.  Alfreton Heritage Trust:  £10.00.   Riddings "Windmill" mug:  £10.00

The Trust's Facebook page - Alfreton Heritage Centre - managed by Steven Meakin goes from strength to strength! Please come along and meet Steven or members of the Trust any Sunday between 2 and 4 pm. 

The Heritage Centre in the old Cemetery Chapel, Rodgers Lane, Alfreton, is open every Sunday afternoon from 2-4 pm.  Photos - memorabilia - locally produced mugs exclusive to Alfreton Heritage Trust -  books - postcards. We now invite visitors to view our latest DVDs"Alfreton in Pictures", volumes 1, 2 and 3 at the Chapel.  We also have a limited supply for purchase at £6.99 each.  These can be viewed at the Trust Chapel any Sunday afternoon, 2-4 pm and are now selling very quickly  so do come along sooner rather than later. 

There are many books available at the Trust - as there is a link malfunction at present the list is at the top of this page. 

HISTORY WORKSHOPS take place at Alfreton's Palmer Morewood Memorial Social Centre. Next meeting: Thursday 20th July, 1pm.

More events - and more societies below

The History Workshops have now produced their latest booklet -  "TAGG FARM RECIPES AND REMEDIES" .

We're now working on entertainment in Riddings - cinemas - pubs - clubs.  We're also undertaking oral history and have a few reminiscences already on disc - but not yet for publication.  We continue to work on these recorded interviews, anyone who wishes to contribute on their take on Riddings in the 40s and 50s will be most welcome!

For further information call the Workshop secretary on 01773 832349.  

Cromford Canal Society

Codnor Castle Heritage Trust

Friends of Cromford Canal meet at Ironville Church Hall, NG16 5NN, social meetings are held on the third Monday of the month at Ironville Church Hall, 7.30 pm admission £2.  

Codnor  Castle Maintenance Days are held on 2nd Sunday of each month.

JACHS (Jacksdale Area Culture and Heritage Society)

Meetings held at Jacksdale Community Centre, Main Road, Jacksdale NG16 5JW.      

Pentrich (and Swanwick) Historical Society and Pentrich Revolution Society 

Watch out for their exhibition, it's fabulous. Details will be posted on this site as soon as available.

There will be walks covering various parts of the Revolutionary route next year - we will keep up to date with what's happening. 

Pentrich (and Swanwick) Historical Society   meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month (except July and August), 7.30 pm at Pentrich Village Hall. Admission £3.00.  Refreshments!

The May meeting speaker was not as advertised - instead we had most fascinating talk on the 1984 Miners strike by an expert speaker who had written a thesis on the subject and obtained a PhD as a result.  Especially enlightening was the similarity between the 1984 strike and the Brexit vote!

2017 Programme:  

19th September Zeppelin Raids at Ilkeston, Steve Flinders.  17th Otober:  Not Just a Spare Part, Mike Newbold. 21st November:  Food and Drink in Stuart/Tudor Derbyshire, Mark Dawson. 19th December:  Christmas Social.

2018 Programme:

16th January: a day in the life of a Victorian Governess, Liz Keeley. 20th Februry: British Customs and Traditions, Paul Newsham.    20th March:  notable women of Derbyishire, Joan Ward.            17th April: Pinxton Porcelain, Norman Taylor.                            15th May: Heage Windmill, Brian Naylor. 

2018 MEETINGS:  16th January: a Day in the Life of a Victorian Governess. Liz Keeley.  20th February:  British Customs and Traditions.  Paul Newsham.  20th March: Notable Women of Derbyshire.  Joan Ward.  17th April:  Pinxton Porcelain.  Norman Taylor. 15th May:  Heage Windmill.  Brian Naylor. 

The  Pentrich & South Wingfield Revolution Group is forging ahead with preparations for th Bicentenary of the Pentrich Rising in 2017 - anyone wishing to be involved in this historical event please contact  Check out their amazing website - - especially the paintings by local artists.