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Alice Wheeldon - a brave and principled local woman who was scapegoated by the Government of the time. Please read on to learn more about Alice's story

Alice Wheeldon – a brave and principled local woman who was scapegoated by the Government of the time. Please read on to learn more about Alice’s story


DPH attempts to rediscover the past of Derby’s ordinary people, what they did individually and collectively to make the world a better place.

We meet regularly and collect the memories of local people and mark significant events.  We are open to  requests for ideas for discussion, meetings and action.


Please see the “Articles & Music” Tab (above) where you can find both a synopsis of “Alice’s Story”, as well as a video of musician Robb Johnson, playing his emotional song about Alice…

To find out in detail about the on-going wider campaign to clear the names of the Wheeldon & Mason families, please visit:


A bit of local context:

In May, 2013, the City of Derby recognised the circumstances behind Alice’s treatment by the Government of the time and a blue plaque was dedicated to her memory and her courageous stance as a person of conscience in relation to war.

A video showing the full coverage of the Blue Plaque Ceremony in Derby on 1 May, with speeches by the Mayor of Derby, Lisa Higginbottom; Normanton Ward Councillor, Hardyal Dhindsa; Derby Civic Society, Alan Grimadell, and Alice Wheeldon’s great granddaughters, Deirdre & Chloë Mason. can be found here:


01st May 2014,  saw the Rededication of Alice’s Blue Plaque

There was a walk and also a bike ride to CELEBRATE and there will be a repeat event on 03rd May 2015: please click on the events tab, and see the download links below

Our concern with the the issue (or theme) of conscience in relation to war, is further reflected in the “ARTICLES” section/tab, with a piece from the Derby Telegraph which may prove of interest…


See “Articles and Music” section for details of a new book “Friends of Alice Wheeldon” by Sheila Rowbotham

The Alice Wheeldon Walk:

This is something we offer, from time to time, and in October 2014 we were especially fortunate that the walk included Chloe Mason. There is also the option for a self-guided walk…

Details of the forthcoming walk, 03rd May 2015, and cycle ride can be found further down this page.

You can undertake a self-guided walk, by downloading this leaflet:



The leaflet tells Alice’s story in brief, and gives information on relevant places of interest.

STOP PRESS: you will also be able to undertake a self-guided bicycle ride (at your own risk of course) using the information and links further below…but you are strongly encouraged to join in our next celebratory event on 03rd May – thanks

Deirdre & Chloe Mason the great-granddaughters of Alice Wheeldon frequently visit the UK:

Chloe Mason said, in 2014: “The campaign to clear the names of Alice Wheeldon and our grandparents, Alf and Win Mason, takes on a new relevance as our countries prepare themselves to fight another foreign war. Alice Wheeldon stood up for what she believed in, defying the full resources of the Government being deployed against her. Her story illustrates how “In war, truth is the first casualty,”

The following site is extremely worth a visit:


It includes, under the site  heading “Posters, Poems & Stories” in a drop down menu:                 Poster #3: ALICE WHEELDON WAS A PROPHET, a detailed account of Alice’s story.


Sunday 03rd May Bike Ride for Alice Wheeldon


Sadly, due to lack of insurance cover it is not possible to run this event…of course you can do this any time you like if you follow the information set out below, in downloadable form…just a small click away…

Event details are available, below, and in the Events tab

All documents here will download to your PC, when you click on them:

A W Ride 2015 flyer

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AW bike ride route2015


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A Festival of People’s History: Events in April-May 2015 | The Manchester Centre for Regional History | Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU)

Here you will find a selection of interesting upcoming talks on “People’s History”


Our Friends:

Derby People’s History Group is pleased to be associated with:


With particular reference to Whitworks approach to Conscientious Objection and Alice Wheeldon…

whitworks@blueyonder.co.uk 07504713427

Visit also: https://www.facebook.com/whitworks

See also:


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PAST EVENTS: 2015, 2014…2013

For galleries and details of some of our past events for 2014 and 2013, please see headers at the top of the site page…

Thursday 26th February, 2015:

“United We Stand” – A play: by Townsend Productions, who delivered the sell-out “We Will Be Free!”-the Tolpuddle Martyrs Story, last year at the Guildhall:

This event was organised by UCATT the Union and DPHG.

*NOTE: Please see the Observer Review from October 2014, see the header

[Click on the blue text, once you have opened the “United We Stand” header page/TAB above, and a copy of the Review will download to your PC, in addition if you click on the small icon of the Flyer a larger version will open on your PC]

 Tuesday 21st April, 7.30 “History and Principles of the NHS”:

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St Mary’s Community Centre. See “Events” for details

Sally Ruane – Deputy Director Health Policy Research Unit / Principal Lecturer, De Montfort University

People may like to know that Sally is a prime mover in the “Keep Our NHS Public” (KONP) Campaign, against the creeping (or is it actually galloping?) Privatisation of OUR NHS.

“An exceptional speaker” – John Bercow

“Informed and inspiring: a real campaigner” – Betty Boothroyd

Click on the video below to hear Sally speaking in public during the Summer of 2014, during the epic”People’s March for the NHS”


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  • Do you have any memories of the health service BEFORE the NHS? (Before 1948)

  • What was it like?

  • Do you remember the first decade of the new NHS?

We’d love your Stories and photos for an Exhibition.

Please come along on Tuesday 21st April, between 6.30 and 7.30 to St Mary’s Centre and share those Stories.