What’s Happening

Derby People’s History Group is pleased to be supporting a Townsend Productions Play:

Dare Devil Rides to Jarama…

Townsend Productions, described by The Observer as “A company making a name for delivering vivid, politically committed theatre” are once again returning to Derby Guildhall










Some information concerning this latest production can be found via the link below (just click):


Some historical background may also be found in the side bar menu under “Dare Devil Rides to Jarama”

A short preview of the production will play by clicking on this symbol play-button              in the picture below:

And a longer one may be found here…just click on the play-button in the picture below, bottom left.

For tickets just click on the link below to visit the box office:


Please note 2017 is a BIG year for Pentrich and the Bicentenary…

Pentrich Gallows





DPHG will be assisting friends to remember this important historical event…and there will be walks, exhibitions and displays…please watch this space

For example:


And previously…

Radical Derwent Valley Walk: 

01st June, 2016…

? What did John Wesley grumble about?

? Were the Strutts old fashioned exploiters of cheap labour or progressive thinkers? 

? Why did the Strutt sisters think Robert Owen was a bore?

Find out about some of the valley’s radical thinkers, and those that visited, in a walk from Milford to Belper.

Walk Leaders: Keith Venables and Adrian Farmer.

Start time: 3.30pm. End time: 5.30 pm.

Starts: Mill House Pub Car Park in Milford (De56 0QW)

Ends:   Belper Mills Site, DE56 1YD

Length@ 2.5 miles – easy road walk – wheelchair accessible.

Cost £4.00

16th February 2016:

About 20 people, including some folk who were new to us, attended a superb presentation by Andrew Whitehead, on daughter of Derby, Freda Bedi.

Some pictures of the evening will be uploaded shortly – please watch this space…

There seemed to be some interest in the suggestion that Freda was worthy of a Blue Plaque, and thus people are invited to get behind a campaign to champion her name, as a significant and influencing woman of her day and time:

Please support the BLUE PLAQUE CAMPAIGN by signing the on-line petition here:


If you missed the article about Freda, on BBC East Midlands Today…here is the link…we hope you enjoy it:

There was a very interesting and detailed article in Derby Telegraph’s Bygones edition: Monday 08th of February, 2016: click on the link below, to read the full article:

Bygones, DT, 08/02/16


Freda Bedi 


Andrew Whitehead, Historian and biographer talked about a remarkable and courageous Derby woman, Freda Bedi.

She was born Freda Houlston in 1911, and was brought up in Littleover and educated at Parkfields Cedars.

Freda met and married a Sikh student while at university and made her life in India where she was active in nationalist and left-wing politics and even spent several months in jail.

Later, she was the first westerner to become a Tibetan Buddhist nun.

This was an illustrated talk about a Derby personality whose pioneering role in politics and religion is now being more widely acknowledged.

Concerning the DPHG site – DO Check out:  

 …the drop-down menus (under “What’s happening”, 2015, 2014 etc.) in the LEFT side bar/menu…there are things to find here such as our news, updates, other events and “pieces” of interest

In Progress…

– We are currently working on a new leaflet for our Alice Wheeldon Walk & Alice Wheeldon Cycle activities…and hope to place this in the Tourist Office, to better encourage self-guided access to this rich narrative of local history…