November 27th 2018
October 25th 2018
September 25th 2018
August 28th 2018
Following on from last month’s successful visit to the Richard III Exhibition in Leicester, the group talked about what we had learned July 24th 2018
Today the History Group visited the Richard lll Exhibition in Leicester. I went with an open mind not having given him much thought or significance, just thought of him as a rather wicked man with a hunched back. How wrong I was. Although he only reigned for two years he certainly left his mark on history. The photos below shows Richard lll tomb , and his statue in the grounds of the Cathedral.
Many thanks to Rose, Group Convener, for a great day out, an extremely interesting visit and superb organisation. Can’t wait for the next one!
July 17th 2018
April 26th 2018
April 11th 2018
I am so proud to be leader of the BDU3A History Group. At the last meeting we talked in depth about the centenary of the RAF, from the early flights of the Wright Brothers to the start up of the WRAF (women’s RAF) – who knew that?! Amongst other things we talked also about the Zeppelins and our pilots’ difficulties in searching for them in the night skies.
February 26th 2018
Well, if you’re going to talk about local history then you might as well do it in your local, eh?
Here are 12 of the History Group members who braved the threatening snow storm to come and talk about their findings on the Suffragette/Suffragist movement in the local area. Some surprising findings and a lively discussion on the subject ensued.
We are told that on BBC iPlayer (radio) you can find interviews from the 1970’s with surviving suffragettes. That’s definitely on my list of things to do.
The theme for the next meeting is the 100th anniversary of the RAF. And, keeping strong women in mind, a trip is also being planned to see a play about Amy Johnson, a pioneering English aviator, at Whitwell on Saturday 14th April.
A visit to the Richard III exhibition in Leicester is being organised for 24th July. Cost, including coach, entrance and a talk with Q&A’s, is expected to be no more than £30. Further details to follow.
If I’ve managed to whet your appetite, come along to the next meeting on Tuesday 27th March at 2.00pm in the Blue Bell Inn. Everyone welcome!
January 8th 2018
Happy New Year to all our members and those thinking of becoming a member of our History Group.
2017 culminated with a visit to Renishaw Hall. It was a beautiful but bitterly cold winters day and we had a most enjoyable visit, being escorted around the Hall by a very knowledgeable guide. We look forward to more similar visits in 2018.
The programme for 2018 was discussed at the end of November, prior to the above visit, and it was agreed that we would address the following topics this year: –
– Pre-history (starting with Creswell Crags and the caves at Upper Langwith)
– Evolution of England (Vikings, Normans, William the Conqueror etc)
– Middle Ages (Roger Mortimer, Isabella of France and Edward III)
– Civil War and the Glorious Revolution
– Industrial Revolution
– Early 20th Century
Quite a programme eh? I suspect we won’t cover everything this year, bearing in mind that we want to include some “field trips”, and as usual we will try to focus on the impact these subjects had on our local history.
We have a very enthusiastic group with a diverse range of knowledge and interest in history. If you would like to join this happy band, come along to the Blue Bell on Tuesday 23rd January at 2.00pm where you will be made very welcome. No experience or qualifications necessary!
July 17th 2018
December 20th 2017
The History Group chose Friday 8th December (which saw the first snows of the winter) to visit Renishaw House. However, the majority of the group were able to get there – and what a treat!
We enjoyed a most interesting talk from one of their guides. My impression was that the house was like the TARDIS – I honestly hadn’t realised there was so much of it – and we only saw the downstairs!
The Sitwell family are a quirky bunch and I for one will be delving deeper into their story. Why not come along to our next group meeting on Tuesday 23rd January and we’ll tell you all about it.
November 22nd 2017
The History Group are meeting, Tuesday 28th November, 2pm, Blue Bell, Bolsover. The group is meeting to plan for 2018, celebrate 100 years of the RAF, 1st April 2018 is the centenary date, celebrate 100 years of the end of WW1, centenary 11th November 2018. How did it effect Bolsover District? Interested? Come and join us. Group Coordinator contact details on the BDU3A website, or just come and join us. Not to be missed!
October 21st 2017
The History Group are meeting on Tuesday 24th October, 2pm, The Blue Bell, Bolsover. This month we are looking at, and researching the Sitwell Family of Renishaw Hall. Contact Rose Bailey for more information, contact details can be found on the BDU3A website.
August 24th 2017
Twelve of the History Group had a tour of Welbeck on 22nd August. As the Abbey is only open to visitors for a few weeks in August, we had booked our places almost a year ago but boy, was it worth waiting for.
There were only a couple of other people on the tour so we felt like a private party, escorted by our guide Tilly and her new recruit, Olly (who we later saw doing an impressive “salute to the sun” in the Abbey gardens).
Our hour and a half visit flew by and we were driven back to the “Portland Collection” where I managed to get the photograph below before we split up into smaller groups, going to see the above mentioned collection, the garden centre, farm shop and, of course, much needed refreshments in one of the two excellent eateries available.
Why not join us at our next meeting on Tuesday 26th September at the Blue Bell Inn when we’ll tell you all about it.
August 6th 2017
Some members of the History Group visited Wingfield Manor, Saturday 5th August. Here are just a few photos. The tower and doorway shown here lead to the accommodation where Mary Queen of Scots was held captive by the Earl of Shrewsbury, fourth husband of Bess of Hardwick. Bess visited Mary at Wingfield on several occasions. The gentleman in the photograph is Greg, our guide, who is also a member of BDU3A. We had a great afternoon, Greg’s knowledge is awesome and very entertaining, thanks Greg. Would recommend a visit. Bev
July 26th, 2017
This group goes from strength. Last month, after talking at length about Bolsover Castle, we were tasked with finding out all we could about Welbeck Abbey, prior to our visit/tour in August.
This month, members were equally zealous. Barrie, of course, gave us the benefit of his knowledge, not to say his experience, of working at Welbeck in the past. He talked about the gardens and Joseph Paxton’s involvement, including the glass receptacle used for growing straight cucumbers (!) as well as other amusing stories.
David had discovered the title of Baron Bolsover, used by the family but now defunct since 1977.
Enid brought in the book “Right Royal Scandal” by Joanne Major and Sarah Murden. This related to a family scandal from the third Duke of Portland through to the 6th Duke and included stories of poisoning by cosmetics as well as liasons with “ladies of the night” and ladies of gypsy origin. Memo to self : must get this book out of the library!
Pam showed us photos of sketches from Emmas Sketchbook, edited by E. Gaunt. These sketches were from the 1840’s by Emma Elizabeth Dartwin, being drawings of Wellbeck and surrounding areas, including the Greendale Oak.
Next month (August) twelve of us are booked on a tour of the Abbey and we are all raring to go! So, the next meeting of the group will then be Tuesday 26th September, back at the Blue Bell Inn at 2.00pm. We will be doing our own research this time on Renishaw Hall and the Sitwells.
If you feel you have something to add, or you just want to come along and listen, we’d love to see you.
July 1st, 2017
Another great turnout this month with an increasingly enthusiastic group of would-be historians sharing their knowledge of Bolsover Castle. Some of the members had obviously been looking “outside the box” to focus on, for example, the conduit houses around the Castle, the second wife of William Cavendish (a published author) and the design and build of the Castle. To name but a few (or should I say phew!?).
Well done and thank you to everyone for all your hard work.
But it doesn’t end there. Next month we are going to work just as hard to find out what we can about Welbeck Abbey. The challenge really is to find out something that Barry doesn’t know. Barry, for those who don’t know, used to work at the Abbey so has a lot of first hand knowledge. But we’re all up for a challenge aren’t we?
See you at the Blue Bell on Tuesday 25th July, 2.00pm.
May 27th 2017
Well our ‘leader’ was away yesterday, so want to say well done Pam and Sarah! Not an easy job keeping such an enthusiastic group on point, but you did a great job. We welcomed two new members, Ann and Dave, ( sorry didn’t catch your surnames). Both so knowledgeable and am sure will be invaluable to the group. Also want to welcome Greg, (sorry don’t know your surname) never the less an invaluable source of knowledge, a volunteer with both National Trust and English Heritage. Am so looking forward to listening and learning from all three of you. We intend to “explore” Bolsover Castle at our next meeting. Can’t wait!
April 27th 2017
Information about Hardwick Hall: Every Thursday in May the attics will be open to the public. Visitors will have access to the attics for £1. Volunteers will interpret this space and explain the history of the attics and how they are now used as collection storage.
April 26th 2017
Another interesting talk from a group member, this time from Ken Britton who told us about the Featherstone Massacre. Personally I had never before heard of Featherstone, let alone a massacre, but there you go – that’s what its all about – learning from each other! Thanks Ken.
Three visitors to the group this month; two new members and one possible new member. A very big welcome to you all and hope to see you again. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 23rd May, from 2pm at the Blue Bell. It has been decided to postpone the visit to Pentrich as one or two members are now unable to go on that date and didn’t want to miss out. So the meeting will take place as normal at the Blue Bell when we can have a recap on what we’ve done so far and to give new group members a say in planning future projects.
The next monthly meeting at the Assembly Rooms is on Wednesday 17th May. Why not come along and have a chat with me.
March 29th 2017
A smaller than usual, but none-the-less enthusiastic, group was engrossed today in a talk on the Pentrich Uprising by Barry Hibbert whose own ancestor, William Turner, played a major part. It is the bicentenary of this event and Barry’s passion for the subject was infectious. Well done, Barry, and thank you.
A small change to the programme for this year. It has been decided to postpone the trip to Pentrich scheduled for next month (25 April) and, instead, Ken Britton will give a talk on another uprising, the Peterloo Massacre, as well as another lesser-known uprising. This will take place at the Blue Bell as usual. (The talk, not the uprising!)
The trip to Pentrich will now take place in May when, hopefully, the weather will be kinder. The programme will then go on as scheduled.
March 8th, 2017
The meeting on 28th February found members of the History Group sharing their findings on Florence Nightingale. Interestingly, although it would be almost impossible to talk about her without mentioning the Crimean War, the focus was mainly on her local connection. Well done, everyone!
Going forward, have you heard of the Pentrich Uprising of 1817? No? Then come along to the Blue Bell on 28th March to listen to Barrie Hibbert whose own ancestor was involved in what the Government feared could lead to violence as witnessed in France at the height of their revolutioTo tempt you, remember this was 200 years ago, at a time when the Prince Regent’s extravagant lifestyle was highly unpopular with the people, when a small number of half-starved labourers, stockingers and weavers met in the White Horse Inn in Pentrich, Derbyshire, and made plans for a march on London.
See you on the 28th. Rose
February 7th, 2017
The History group met on Tuesday 24th January. Members were all pleased to see each other after the Christmas break and were full of enthusiasm for the coming year’s programme which includes: –
February 28th Everyone to bring their findings on Florence Nightingale to the meeting.
March 28th Barrie Hibbert to give presentation on Pentrich revolution
April 25th Field trip to Pentrich – to be confirmed
May 23rd Topic to be confirmed
June 27th Field trip to Hull museum quarter, taking in a visit to the Wilberforce museum, following our study of slavery
July 25th Topic to be confirmed
August 22nd Group of 12 History group members to go on a tour of Welbeck Abbey
September 26th Topic to be confirmed
October 24th Topic to be confirmed
November 28th Topic to be confirmed
December As the 4th Tuesday falls on Boxing Day we will defer the next meeting to January 2018 as we did this year.
As you will see, topics are to be confirmed for five of the above dates. Discussions have taken place, however, and as usual we will try and incorporate the study of effects of national and international affairs on our local area. Topics proposed include, but are not exclusive to:
Florence Nightingale & Edith Cavell
Battle of Towton (no, I hadn’t heard of it either but Ken will enlighten us)
Industrialists (e.g. Arkwright, Markham)
South Sea Bubble
Anything caught your fancy? If so, why not join us at the Blue Bell in Bolsover at 2.00pm on Tuesday 28th February or come and see me at the monthly meeting next Wednesday 15th February.
January 21st 2017
The History Group are meeting on Tuesday 24th January, 2pm, at the Blue Bell, Bolsover. The group will be planning their programme for 2017, which will include a visit to Penrich and to Wellbeck Abbey. We also hope to explore the life and times of Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell. We are open to other subjects, especially local history. Interested? Please come and join us, we meet every 4th Tuesday in the month.
October 26th 2016
“A good turnout today for the History Group meeting at the Blue Bell Inn. Following the visit to Welbeck in August, we looked at the Dynasty started by Bess of Hardwick whose descendants include the Dukes of Devonshire, Newcastle and Portland, culminating in what would have been the Duchess’s proudest moment – Queen Elizabeth II is a descendant of hers via her maternal grandmother, Nina Cecile Cavendish Bentinck who married Claude Bowes Lyon, Earl of Strathmore.
I can confirm that 12 places have been booked for a tour of Welbeck Abbey on 22nd August 2017 and will be in touch shortly with those people who have expressed an interest in this.
The group talked about what they wanted to do, going forward, and it was agreed that we return to the subject of slavery and its effect on local people. A wide subject with a global impact.
Thanks to everyone who attended today – a really good session.
October 24th 2016
The history group meets tomorrow, Tuesday 25 October, at the Blue Bell Inn, Bolsover, 2pm. Discussing and reflecting on our field trips and planning the next step. Everyone is welcome, for more details contact Rose Bailey by clicking the link BDU3A website, ‘What’s On’ page
September 13th 2016
Please note that the History Group now meets every fourth Tuesday at 2.00pm and not 12 noon as previously. (N.B. The September meeting has been cancelled due to holidays).
August 26th 2016
The sun shone down on the History Group this week with a really good turnout for a visit to the Harley Gallery and Portland Collection at Welbeck.
Barry gave us the benefit of his local knowledge with an excellent introductory talk on Welbeck before we took in the delights of the new Portland Collection exhibition. Taking longer than any of us had anticipated (there really is an a abundance of artefacts) we then sampled the excellent offerings in the adjacent café while we mulled over what we had seen, together with the information pack supplied by Rose.
The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 25th October 2016 from 2.00pm at the Blue Bell Inn in Bolsover. The group agreed to cancel the September meeting as the majority of them are going to be on holiday.
Going forward, we will be looking at how Welbeck and the neighbouring estates (Chatsworth, Hardwick, Bolsover Castle, etc.) are connected and came to be known as The Dukeries.
Finally, we have booked 10 places for a tour of Welbeck on 22nd August next year, 2017 with places being offered to members of the history group in the first instance. Watch this space!
Tuesday afternoon the History Group visited Welbeck to view the Portland Collection. The weather was glorious and it was great to be able to welcome four new members to the group. Before going in to look at the collection, Enid and Barry, once again gave us a talk on the history of Welbeck, their wealth of knowledge is truly amazing, you have to wonder how they know so much! Their secret in this case? Barry worked on the estate at the age of 16, so apart from the knowledge, an awesome memory!!
Rose provided each member of the group with a folder of information on the Welbeck Estate and the surrounding Dukeries. While we were there a booking was made for us to visit Welbeck Abbey next August, there will be more information to follow.
So, thanks Rose for organising the visit, and thank you Enid and Barry for sharing your knowledge and a fascinating insight in to the workings of the estate.
Looking forward to seeing you all soon. Rose Bailey
Local History 1
July 28th 2016
The history group went to Cresswell Crags yesterday, what a fabulous afternoon and all due to two of our members, Enid and Barry Hibberd. Their knowledge, expertise and interest of the Crags is amazing. Despite a sudden shower or two we walked around the lake, stopping at various points along the way for Barry or Enid to advise and inform us of the history and archeological finds.
Back to the centre for a well deserved cuppa and cake, Barry showed some artefacts he had actually dug out of his garden in Elmton, from a Roman coin to a stone age hammer head, truly amazing stuff. Couldn’t wait to get home and start digging! So, I would like, on behalf of the rest of the group to say thank you so much for a wonderful afternoon of history, to Enid and Barry.
Bev’s pictures of Creswell Crags
Crags 2 Crags 1 Craags 3
June 29th 2016
I attended the History Group meeting this afternoon, where we discussed how we wanted to take the group forward. It was a very satisfactory meeting, we decided on various areas of history we would like to explore. We believe we can provide something for everyone who has an interest in the history of our country, our local history and a degree of world history. Rose will be posting a more in depth report on what we decided, but I just wanted to say what a thoroughly enjoyable two hours I spent with the group and am looking forward to our first field trip to Cresswell Crags next month (see below). We hope that our new and varied plan will encourage more members to come and join us, everyone is welcome.
The History Group is going on a Field Trip! Our first outing will take place on Tuesday, 26th July, meeting in the car park at 2pm, at Cresswell Crags. More information will be available in the next couple of weeks. August 23rd we intend to visit Wellbeck, so watch this space for more details. For information about the History Group, contact Rose Bailey by clicking on the link on the ‘What’s On’ page, on the BDU3A website.
March 23rd, 2016
Another lively and informative meeting today ( March 22nd) when Slavery Since the 1600’s was discussed. Neil Haddy led the talk which is such a broad subject that a time line was used to “scratch the surface” at this initial group meeting.
Focussing firstly on Transatlantic Slave Trade when Liverpool was bound up in global trading – known as triangular trade, and ships were loaded with cottons and woollens, guns, iron, alcohol and tobacco, etc. They then went to Africa where they traded these goods for slaves, ivory and gold and in turn went to America or the West Indies where slaves were sold for money, colonial produce or bills of exchange. Neil took us through to 1790 when William Wilberforce presented the first abolition bill to the House of Commons (although it did not pass), and to the Abolition of Slavery Act 1833 which was passed just three days after Wilberforce’s death.
The discussion touched briefly on the human aspect of this trade; the appalling conditions in which the slaves were transported and then housed and treated, the Women’s Anti-Slavery Associations which arose during the 1820’s and early 1830’s, and the poignant books written by former slaves, detailing their experiences.
The group will be delving further into this part of our history at the meeting being held Tuesday 24th May 2016 at the Blue Bell Inn, Bolsover from 12.00 noon.
March 10th 2016
Thanks to Enid and Barry Hibbert for bringing along Ellen Taylor from the Derbyshire Law Centre on 23rd February. Ellen gave a very interesting presentation on the history of social housing in North Eastern Derbyshire from the late 1700’s. More can be found on the website http://www.socialhousinghistory.org.uk where it delves even further back in history.
The next History meeting will take place at the Blue Bell in Bolsover from 12 noon on Tuesday 22nd March when we will start to look at the emancipation of slaves – a very broad subject so we ask that you bring your views and knowledge to the table for what promises to be a very lively discussion.
Unfortunately the coach trip which was planned to go to Bletchley Park in April has had to be cancelled as there was not enough interest to make it feasible. Hopefully we can look at this again later in the year if we can increase the numbers. Apologies to those who had been looking forward to this.
January 21st 2016
On the back of a very successful meeting of the History Group, in which we were entertained by Boggy Marsh in a talk about Espionage in Derbyshire, it has been suggested that we make a visit to Bletchley Park.
A provisional date has been set for Tuesday 26th April 2016. Details still to be confirmed and we need to have some idea of numbers before booking the coach, etc., so if you are interested in coming with us (all members welcome!) please email Rose Bailey in the first instance at email@example.com or ring 01623 743573 where you can leave a message.
January 11th 2016
The idea of espionage drew in more than the usual number of attendees at this month’s meeting. Trevor (Boggy) Marsh, local author, entertained us with tales of derring-do, dropping names like “Philby” and “Ian Fleming” into the conversation. More than that I cannot say as we were sworn to secrecy (nudge, nudge, wink, wink). Suffice to say we were all enthralled.
On the back of this successful meeting it has been agreed that we should visit Bletchley Park in lieu of a future meeting. Details to be confirmed. Watch this space, as they say.
We cannot promise as much excitement for our next meeting (from 12 noon on Tuesday 23rd February at the Blue) but it might be just up your street! If you can remember when outside lavatories were the norm, when ice on the inside of your windows was the norm in winter, when “pre-fabs” were the height of sophistication, come along and share your experiences of “Social Housing”.
Please note that future meetings of the History Group will take place on the 4th Tuesday of each month, so make a date in your diaries.
October 24 2015
The October meeting was held at the Blue Bell Inn where we had
access to WiFi and a smart television – ideal for presentations.
Caroline Marshall gave us an eye-opening presentation on Barlborough
Hall which she had recently visited on a rare open day. Its amazing
the things you find out about places on your doorstep.
So, why don’t you come along to our next meeting at the Blue Bell on Wednesday 4th
November at 2.00pm when we’ll be talking about local pits (and maybe if
we can get enough information together we will put together a booklet)?
Bring any memorabilia, photos, etc. with you to stimulate the
discussion. All welcome.
Our sister group, the History Group, has
recently looked into espionage during WWII and local author Trevor
(Boggy) Marsh has agreed to come to our Wednesday 2nd December meeting,
again in the Blue Bell at 2.00pm, to give a talk/discussion on
espionage in Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire. If you can contribute to this
(official secrets act permitting of course :-)) please join us for what
promises to be another eye-opening session.
Looking forward to seeing you all soon. Rose Bailey
December 16 2015
“After discussion with the members involved it has been agreed to merge the Local History group and History group and the first combined meeting is planned for Tuesday 12th January from 12 noon at the Blue Bell Inn in Bolsover.
Local author, Trevor Marsh, has agreed to talk to us about espionage in the local community. This talk was originally scheduled for December but sadly had to be postponed, however this promises to be a lively discussion, something to look forward to in the new year.
If you were a spy in a previous existence why not come along and share your experiences with us? We promise not to tell 😊 .”
Slightly smaller turnout this month (7 members) but just as enthusiastic. Since the last meeting it was discovered that 2 members were actually members of another local history group and had in fact published several booklets and have agreed to give a presentation to the group at a future date. Their purpose in coming to our group was to “push back the boundaries”. Now there’s a challenge!
The Local History Group Inaugural Meeting took place at Wetherspoons in Bolsover today (Thursday 30th July). Eleven members formed a lively group, chaired by Rose Bailey who agreed to chair future meetings with Joan Gee as treasurer.
The main interest was in:
Local industry, e.g. factory workers and miners, local churches and Bolsover Castle (naturally) and everyone agreed to look at possible venues and potential speakers (and their fees) for future meetings which will take place on the first Wednesday of each month, starting on Wed 2nd September at 2.00pm (again at Wetherspoons).