Category Archives: Historical Society talks

“Dark Matter and the History of the Universe”: Neil Spooner

Our most recent lecture given by Neil Spooner on “Dark Matter and the History of the Universe” was a fascinating trip into the archaeology of the universe. He explained how using a range of sophisticated techniques theories of the composition of … Continue reading

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Great Neolithic Monuments of the North

A packed village hall listened attentively to a fascinating talk by Colin Richards in which he explored the differences between stone circles, henge monuments and passage graves in northern Britain and Ireland around the fourth millennium.  He proposed an interesting theory … Continue reading

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“Great Neolithic Monuments of the North” Thursday 9 October 2014

Colin Richards, Professor of World Prehistory and Archaeology at the University of Manchester,will be giving a talk entitled “Great Neolithic Monuments of the North” on Thursday 16th October, 7.30 pm in Castleton Village Hall.  Colin’s precis: The end of the … Continue reading

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19 June 2014: Anglo-Saxon Derbyshire – Dave Barrett County Archaeologist for Derbyshire

In spite of the scarcity of Anglo Saxon archaeological sites in the local area, there was much to interest the audience for Dave Barrett’s talk.  Read more about the evidence of the sites from this period here:- Talk 19 June … Continue reading

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“Lead Mining in the Local Area” by Dr Jim Rieuwerts: 15 May 2014

Jim Rieuwerts’ wide ranging and beautifully illustrated talk detailed the geology and history of lead mining in Castleton and North West Derbyshire as well as giving an insight into the working lives of lead miners.  Read more about his talk via the following link. Talk 15 … Continue reading

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The Hospital of Blessed Mary: Colin Merrony: 17 April 2014

The mystery of Castleton’s Medieval Hospital has emerged slowly and tantalizingly over 7 years. Colin Merrony’s talk drew together the various pieces of evidence, linking together the siting of the discoveries and providing an overall view of the project to date. … Continue reading

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Hope Valley Wills and Inventories 1547 – 1650 by John Talbot: 20 March 2014

John Talbot’s research and analysis of local wills & inventories has provided a very interesting insight into the lives of local people. Read our report on his talk at Hope Valley Wills and Inventories His work was carried out as part of the Joint Project … Continue reading

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