DERBY HERITAGE FORUM
Last update 4th March 2014
Chris is the web master of the Derby Arboretum website, (See Links
below), which has achieved world-wide recognition. Chris has been able
to virtually rewrite the history books on the Derby Arboretum, it's
founder Joseph Strutt and the landscape gardener John Claudius Loudon.
Chris has given a lecture about the Derby Arboretum to an International
Conference held at the Linnaean Society during September 2006.
Chris is a regular contributor to the Derby Evening Telegraph Opinion
Page and Bygones as well as having Soapbox articles published; he was
also a contributor to Ron McKeown's Derby Trader Heritage column.
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
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 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.
Material pictures -
Derek Palmer. 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.
Contact Derek at Email Contact List
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
Brian is a heritage investigator and has a number of projects ongoing
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 contributer to
The Derbyshire Magazine published monthly by the Derby Telegraph.
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
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
Follow the link for a list of books
written by Forum members
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 (This is a .pdf file)
The Great Northern Railway line
from Friar Gate Station to Darley Park (This is a .pdf file)
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. (This is a .pdf
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
Have a quick look at what happens in
Follow the link below to a list of interesting sites.
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.