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Pre Event & Exhbition – Wigber Low

Pre Event & Exhbition – Wigber Low

As part of the run up to the main events, a pre exhibition was held from 19 October to 2 November 2016. This included an exhibition of artefacts from the site of Wigber Low, kindly loaned by Museums of Shefield and held at the Ashbourne Library.         On Wednesday 26 October, a lecture was held by Professor John Collis, who led the original dig at Wigber Low, plus a visit to the actual site.                 …

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Easter Treasure Trove and Bonad Painting

Easter Treasure Trove and Bonad Painting

Easter Treasure Trove. Following a very successful Easter Treasure Trove event where nearly 500 people visited our display at the Town Hall, plus over 150 people contributed to the painting of a four part panel depicting the history and heritage of the Town of Ashbourne.  Designed by acclaimed local artist Sue Prince, the timeline painting – incorporating many of those items which will be displayed in the Ashbourne Treasures exhibition.          Thanks to all those who took part…

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A trip to Buxton Museum to view the Wonders of the Peak exhibition on Tuesday 17 October was a chance to see the recently re-opened and refurbished Buxton Museum and Art Gallery and view the new exhibition entitled “Wonders of the Peak – a journey through time and place”. The exhibition, which has been inspired by Dovedale and the White Peak, has now more objects on display than ever before.        

Dedication Service

Dedication Service

Wednesday 5th July – 7.00pm St Oswald’ Church, Ashbourne. FREE EVENT Dedication Service Leaflet for 5th July         Photographs kindly taken by Lisa Travers      

    Dan Cruickshank – Author, broadcaster and BBC TV presenter has a special interest in Ashbourne and its Georgian buildings.  His knowledge of architecture combined with his natural humour and the experiences of a worldly wise journeyman have made him one of the most enthralling and captivating speakers, he made a welcome return to the town with an entertaining illustrated talk. Dan is an expert on the Georgian period and wrote and presented the County House Revealed series and…

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  Dr Pete Collinge & Pete Dale (late of the Dining Room) Historian Dr Peter Collinge presented an entertaining, illustrated talk on the extensive range of food and drink consumed by the citizens of Georgian Ashbourne.  Drawing on evidence from the town’s grocers’ shops, household accounts, bills and receipts, diaries, letters and newspapers, he revealed elegant dinners, picnics, public celebrations and private parties, street food, drunken revels, and the darker world of food and drink adulteration. While Pete Dale cooked…

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  Adrian Henstock, BA DAA FRHistS; President of the Thoroton Society in Nottingham and former Principal Archivist in Nottingham. A fascinating talk on the varied origins of the town from 1066-1350 including the development of its street plan, markets and church. The rise of influential families such as the Ferrers and the Cokaynes, all set against a background of baronial rebellions, outlaw gangs, famine and plague. Adrian has a lifelong passion for local history first inspired by his upbringing in…

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This virtual tour took the audience on one of the intriguing walks around the town, but all from the comfort of our seats… Geof Cole – Town Tour Guide. Geof served in the military for 36 years retiring as a Group Captain in 2004.  He became interested in visible heritage, especially in Derbyshire and the Peak District.  He is an experienced walk leader and one of the Volunteer Heritage Guides for Ashbourne with a wealth of knowledge on the streets, buildings and…

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Sue Woore is a well known local author and expert on medieval landscapes and local history. Sue guided a small party along the route shown on the first map of Ashbourne produced in 1547 to help settle a land dispute between a local landowner and the people of Ashbourne – it revealed some surprising similarities to the present day landscape and field patterns.  

We heard and learnt the fascination story of the Old Trust and other charities linked to the Town. John Dawson and Allen Forsyth are members of the “Old Trust” or more correctly “The Incorporated Governors and Assistants of Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School Ashbourne” established by Royal Charter on the 15th July 1585 and which required “three discrete, good and honest governors and 12 assistants”. Today their primary function is looking after the many alms-houses and administering the charitable gifts left to…

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