Meeting Dates

The Spondon Historical Society meet regularly at Spondon Village Hall for a variety talks, presentations and discussions.

Meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of each month and start at 7.30pm. Anyone is welcome to come along to the meetings with visitors paying a small admission charge. Details of our forthcoming meetings are as follows:

Monday, 10 February, 2020 The Framework Knitters of the East Midlands, by Jane Whitaker. Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire were the centre for framework knitting in the 18th and early 19th centuries, the talk traces the years of plenty, to the downturn in prosperity in the face of new machines, and the Luddite struggle for improvement in working conditions and better pay.
Monday, 9 March, 2020 The curious world of Olde Time Punishments, by Ian Morgan. . From birching to branding and beheading to burning, the strange and curious world of olde time punishments is something to behold. Listen to stories of ducking stools and witches, the pillory and perjurers and many more. We all know of corporal and capital punishment but how do you punish the dead? And how do you punish a horse and cart or a train? The answers are all here in The Curious world of Olde Time Punishments. Just what is a deodand or a Newcastle cloak and what about the Branks of the Hand of Glory?
Monday, 6 April, 2020 Note this is 1st Monday, as 13 April is Easter Monday. AGM, to be held at Spondon Methodist Church, Lodge Lane North, Spondon DE21 7FG, followed by a talk by Kaff Jones from Cherry Tree Picture Framers.
Monday, 11 May, 2020 Display of Historical Society's archives.
Monday, 8 June, 2020 The Derby Friar Gate Line, by Keith Blood.
Monday, 13 July, 2020 A Derbyshire Church ABCedary, by Julia Hickey. An A-Z of quirky and interesting facts about some of Derbyshire’s churches and the historical snippets that they contain. From archery to weather vanes via tombstones, chocolates and tympanums take a journey through British and Derbyshire history.
Monday, 10 August, 2020 No meeting.
Monday, 14 September, 2020 A Nottingham Mediaeval Mystery, by Gareth Howell. What is the Fishpool Treasure Hoard, why is it such an important treasure and where might it have come from?
Monday, 12 October, 2020 So you think you are British do you? by John Taylor. This light hearted and humorous talk examines some of the things we take for granted as being intrinsically British in origin.....but are they?
Monday, 9 November, 2020 The last English Nobleman hanged for murder, by Gay Evans. The story of murder at Staunton Harold Hall.
Monday, 14 December, 2020 The Art of the Christmas Card, by Danny Wells. One hundred years of the Christmas card (c. 1840s - 1940s).