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Trip to Buxton Museum to view the Wonders of the Peak Exhibition

Trip to Buxton Museum to view the Wonders of the Peak Exhibition

Our last event of Ashbourne Treasures! Tuesday 17 October 2017 A trip to Buxton Museum to view the Wonders of the Peak exhibition on Tuesday 17 October.  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. Depart…

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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      

Georgian Towns, Works of Art by Accident

Georgian Towns, Works of Art by Accident

Saturday 15th July – 7.30pm Dan Cruickshank 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 makes a welcome return to the town with an entertaining illustrated talk. Dan is an expert on the Georgian period and wrote and presented the…

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SOLD OUT! Consuming Passions: Food and Drink in Georgian Ashbourne

SOLD OUT! Consuming Passions: Food and Drink in Georgian Ashbourne

  SOLD OUT!! Friday 21st July – 7.30pm Dr Pete Collinge & Pete Dale (late of the Dining Room) Historian Dr Peter Collinge presents 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 reveals elegant dinners, picnics, public celebrations and private parties, street food, drunken revels, and the darker world of food…

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SOLD OUT! A Tale of Three Towns – Mediaeval Ashbourne from the Norman Conquest to the Black Death

SOLD OUT! A Tale of Three Towns – Mediaeval Ashbourne from the Norman Conquest to the Black Death

SOLD OUT! Wednesday 26th July – 7.30pm Adrian Henstock, BA DAA FRHistS Adrian Henstock, BA DAA FRHistS; President of the Thoroton Society in Nottingham and former Principal Archivist in Nottingham. A 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…

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SOLD OUT! A Virtual Tour of Ashbourne – its History and Heritage, all from the comfort of your chair!

SOLD OUT! A Virtual Tour of Ashbourne – its History and Heritage, all from the comfort of your chair!

SOLD OUT! Wednesday 2nd August – 7.30pm Geof Cole This virtual tour will take you on one of the intriguing walks around the town, but all from the comfort of your seat… 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…

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SOLD OUT – 1547 Map Walk and Talk

SOLD OUT – 1547 Map Walk and Talk

SOLD OUT Wednesday 16th August – 6.30pm 1547 Map Walk and Talk Sue Woore   NUMBERS FOR THIS WALK IS RESTRICTED TO 24 PERSONS ONLY. Sue Woore is a well known local author and expert on medieval landscapes and local history. Sue will guide 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 will reveal some…

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The Story of the Old Trust and Ashbourne Charities

The Story of the Old Trust and Ashbourne Charities

  Wednesday 23 August – 7.30pm John Dawson and Allen Forsyth Learn the fascination 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…

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Defying Sir John Gell, Ashbourne and the North Derbyshire Royalists in the Civil War

Defying Sir John Gell, Ashbourne and the North Derbyshire Royalists in the Civil War

 Wednesday 30 August – 7.30pm Professor Martyn Bennett BA, PH.D. FRHistS The English Civil War – Defying Sir John Gell, Ashbourne and the North Derbyshire Royalists Hear the story of a bloody war that split a nation with neighbours and even families on opposing sides! Professor Martyn Bennett BA, PH.D. FRHistS is a lecturer, writer and leading authority on the English Civil War.  He has written extensively on the conflict including a biography of Oliver Cromwell.  He helped establish the…

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Ashbourne Clock Making

Ashbourne Clock Making

Wednesday 6th September – 7.30pm John Robey Looking at some of Ashbourne’s numerous clockmakers and their work from the early 18th century. In the 19th century the town was a major producer of movements and parts for longcase (grandfather) clocks with the Harlow firm making movements of the highest quality and selling them to “clockmakers” in all parts of Britain and America.  Later, church clocks and wall clocks were a speciality of several firms, including Haycocks who are still manufacturing…

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