What’s Happening

Our regular followers will be aware, that, as a Group, we are supporting the Campaign to clear the names of the Wheeldon & Mason Families…there is a vigil to be held in London, outside the Royal Courts of Justice: 12.00 Midday, Friday March 10th, 2017.

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Please see the “Alice Centenary” page, in the drop down box headed “Alice Wheeldon.”

We wish this landmark event in the history of these families, every success in their claim, and mission…



Visiting once again from Australia, Great Grandaughters of Alice Wheeldon, will be giving a talk: Scratching the surface – the hidden HERstory of Alice Wheeldon Chloë Mason & Deirdre Mason. At the Centenary of the wrongful imprisonment of Derby Suffragist & pacifist Alice Wheeldon, her great granddaughters share the story of the only woman in Derby to be recognised with a historical blue plaque. Discover the story of activism, injustice and the campaign to set the historical record     straight. Who for: Everyone

Please find the programme, here:


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…

On Tuesday 11 Oct: DPHG was pleased to support:

Townsend Productions

Dare Devil Rides to Jarama

by Neil Gore

Guildhall Theatre

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…