DERBY HERITAGE FORUM
Last update 17 May 2013
Don is a well known and respected historian with special interests in
Roman history in Derby and also the history of Markeaton Park. Don has
written a comprehensive history of Mackworth and Markeaton and his book
is currently available. Follow the link in Book List
for details. Don has been reviewing the history of the Markeaton Brook
and a paper is now available.(See Reports below).
Contact Don at Email Contact List
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.
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.
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.
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
of the river Derwent at Darley Abbey - Ron McKeown
St Mary's Gate
Mills - Don Farnsworth
revised - Don Farnsworth
Mackworth Church Armorial
Glass - Don Farnsworth
Investigation into the source of the
name "Derby" - Ron McKeown
These reports are in pdf format and the link should open the document
Adobe Reader program. Use your browser navigation keys to return to
Why not join the Derby Heritage Forum on a day trip to Markeaton Park?
In September 2007 the Lord of the Manor of Markeaton went to meet The Lady of
Markeaton. The following link takes you to You Tube. Markeaton
Follow the link below to a list of interesting sites.