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DERBY HERITAGE FORUM WEB SITE


 Last update 6th October 2014


Members:-

Ron McKeown
Ron is a founding member of the Forum  together with Charles Clark-Maxwell, Don Farnsworth, Derek Palmer and Chris Harris. Ron wrote the Heritage Column in The Derby Trader free newspaper until the paper closed in May 2008. Ron describes himself as a “Heritage Activist” rather than an historian and has written a controversial book, The Rivers of Time, containing his research into the historic water levels around Derby and the effects of these levels on the development of the town. The research also indicates the evolution of Nottingham and the whole of the Humber flood plains, which is most of the central eastern region of England. Importantly, the evidence in the book is suggesting that the Medieval Warm Period was warmer than today and that this caused higher water levels in the Viking Period.

Also on the subject of Global Warming Ron's latest book containing an investigation of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles for evidence of higher sea and river levels during the Medieval Warm Period has been published. In it Ron is suggesting that higher temperatures are normal and that the Little Ice Age has confused the Climate Scientists causing them to think that lower temperatures are normal. If Ron is right then we can expect average temperatures to continue to rise and for sea and river levels to follow.
Follow Ron's blogs at http://ronmacq1.blogspot.com or  contact Ron at Email Contact List

Derek Palmer

Derek is probably the best known of Derby's heritage commentators with a large number of books to his name and a busy talks schedule.

Derek is also known for his well dressings and instructs school children on the art. Arising out of his well dressing activities are Derek's unique material pictures.

Follow the link to a file showing examples.

Contact Derek at Email Contact List

Kevin Archer
Kevin was Head of the Art department at St. Ralph Sherwin school in Allestree, Derby in 1974 and worked there until he retired in 1997. On retirement he began to produce historic maps of the County of Derbyshire. (This is a pdf file and the link should open the document in your Adobe Reader program. Use your browser navigation keys to return to this page). Littleover was the first map and following its popularity several more followed which were available from the Heritage Center in Derby before its closure.

Kevin has published a book based on the 1852 map and this is now available.

Brian Nash
Brian is a heritage investigator and has a number of projects ongoing and has carried out investigations of Markeaton Park.

Denis Eardley
Denis is well known for his walking guide of places of interest around Derbyshire and has written a book containing a number of his walks. He is a regular contributor to The Derbyshire Magazine published monthly by the Derby Telegraph.

Kirsten Jarrett
Kirsten is a Historical Archaeologist, specialising in the Roman - early medieval transition in western Britain, and in the Late Historic period, particularly in the Midlands region. Her research interests include material cultures of domestic life, urban poverty, and social mobility in the 19th - early 20th centuries; late 18th - mid 20th century burial; and Archaeologies of Identity, Memory, and Ritual (Kirsten discusses these topics, and presents related historical sources, on her blog http://underworldarchaeology.wordpress.com/ ).

She has taught for the WEA, and for the Continuing Education Departments at the University of Nottingham, Keele University, and University of Oxford, and is post-excavation researcher for the late Iron Age, Roman, and Early Medieval phases (c. 50 BC - AD 900) at Crickley Hill, Gloucestershire

Kirsten leads the Living in the Past Community Archaeology Project Living in the past website, which is piloting new ways to support public participation in standing building archaeology and garden artefact surveys, integrating other historical evidence and research (including documentary sources, Oral History, photographs, and Family Histories), to investigate home life in Victorian, Edwardian, and Inter-war Derby, especially within industrial communities.

Absent Friends
Charles
Don
Chris
Book List

Follow the link for a list of books written by Forum members

Picture Gallery

Roman Road across Darley Playing Field in July 2006. The outline of the road can be clearly seen crossing the football pitch.

Floods on Darley Park in June 2007

Medieval Strips of ridge and furrow on Darley Park

Ripley branch line in 1965

The Great Northern Railway line from Friar Gate Station to Darley Park

1932 flood at Duffield

A walk around Darley and Nut Wood - Denis Eardley




Investigations


Investigations undertaken by Derby Heritage Forum members are listed here. Click the link to view current projects.

Old East Prospect of Derby - Dating evidence - Ron McKeown - Revised December 2012

Great Bridge of Derby 13th century - Ron McKeown

Alternative Climate Change Argument - Ron McKeown. This is an argument based on documented historical evidence.

Who are the English? - Ron McKeown summarizes a few facts concerning a much debated topic.

Reports

The evolution of the River Derwent, Starkholmes, the Via Gelia valley and the High Tor Gorge and their impact on the Derwent plain at Derby
This is a draft report and investigations are still in progress. If anyone wishes to contribute any facts, criticism, observations of geographical features or otherwise please feel free to Email Ron.

River Bank Works - Evidence at Darley Abbey - Ron McKeown

Navigation of the river Derwent at Darley Abbey - Ron McKeown

St Mary's Gate Mills - Don Farnsworth

Markeaton Brook revised - Don Farnsworth

Mackworth Church Armorial Glass - Don Farnsworth

Investigation into the source of the name "Derby" - Ron McKeown

The Old Mayors Parlour - From the Derek Palmer collection compiled by Ron McKeown

Material pictures - Derek Palmer.

Ditch near St Helen's - Ron McKeown

NOTE: For all documents in pdf format the link should open the document in your Adobe Reader program. Use your browser navigation keys to return to this page.

Video

Why not join the Derby Heritage Forum on a day trip to Markeaton Park? In September 2007 Charles Clark-Maxwell, the Lord of the Manor of Markeaton, went to meet The Lady of Markeaton. The following link takes you to You Tube. Markeaton Lady

Have a quick look at what happens in Winster Wakes week.
Links


Follow the link below to a list of interesting sites.
Links

Heritage Rail
This is Ron's experimental site and will eventually have it's own URL. In the meantime it is under construction and as such is incomplete. However, comments are welcome.



Web Master and owner of Derby Heritage Forum site - Ron McKeown