The year that was…

And Previously…in 2015…


  • 30th October: The History of Black People in Derby (see below, again…)

Here is a downloadable programme outlining the evening’s entertainment in full, just click on the link

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As part of the continuing celebration for Black History Month we supported, an event with Derby West Indian Community Association:

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The event comprised a mix of talks and performances with poetry music and dance

Look under “Events…” tab for details


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A Banner Theatre Production…the Play: was performed in BELPER, very successfully

In a Right State!

Banner Theatre’s 1st of May Band is touring “In A Right State”, a multimedia cabaret of songs, music, comedy and video. The Band delivers a punchy soundscape of reggae, rap, flamenco, folk and blues to lay bare the real story behind the crisis, and support the campaign to defend our welfare state.

Nottingham News:

Welcome to the programme for our second Bread and Roses Festival. This year is an expanded Festival covering eleven days of events ranging from topical speakers and discussions to radical music so:

Be sure to visit:


∅Another “Alice Walk…”

This is a unique opportunity, to get to know a little of “Alice’s Derby” due to the presence and involvement of one of the experts on the life of Alice Wheeldon: Chloë Mason…

The walk, on 23rd September, takes approximately 2 hours, and is not strenuous. A degree of fitness is required, however, as there will also be time standing/listening.

The walk commenced at 17.00, from outside the Guildhall, Derby Market Place,  ended at the Blue Plaque (in Normanton) dedicated to Alice, in May 2013.

For details of this unique occasion…please see our events page: thank you


Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Labour History Society


Women Workers

 A talk by Sarah Boston

Saturday 3rd October 2015 2-4pm.

Doors open at 1.00 pm, for the AGM 

At The Nottingham Mechanics Institute: 3 North Sherwood Street, Nottingham NG1 4EZ


The talk will follow (circa 14.00pm)  the Annual General Meeting of the Notts & Derbys Labour History Society which will commence at 1.15 pm

Pentrich Update:

Thursday 24th September, 10am, walk from South Wingfield (5 miles) following in the footsteps of the Pentrich rebels (part of the Erewash and Amber valley walking festival).

September/October 2015:

  • The performance event “In a Right State” is coming to Belper and Derby: at The   Guildhall…we will keep you up to date on ticket sales and availability – another “show” not to be missed
  • Brassed Off: comes to Derby Theatre:
    Adapted by Paul Allen, based on the screenplay by Mark Herman from the smash-hit film.

    Friday 18 September 2015 – Saturday 10 October 2015 – Main Theatre

    ∅ 15th September 2015:

    There was a book signing event, held at Waterstones Bookshop, Derby, 16.00 hrs. 

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     Sheila Rowbotham (above), signed copies of her book:



    “The Friends of Alice Wheeldon” 


    Chloë Mason, great-granddaughter of Alice Wheeldon who is visiting the UK, from Australia, was present and also signed the book.


    Later that evening evening at 19.00 hrs, at The Old Bell Inn, Sadler Gate, Derby, Sheila and Chloë there was a talk covering various contemporary issues, including an update on the "Clear the names" campaign, which still gathers momentum.

    The Old Bell Inn – reopens after refurb’


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See the link below (click on it) to read Matt Burnett-Stuart’s report of the recent “Arming All Sides” event in Derby, in July.