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News & Events

Project Co-ordinator Vacancy for South Wingfield Station Project

September 21, 2019

We wish to appoint a part-time Project Co-ordinator to manage the project that will see the Grade II* Wingfield Station, South Wingfield, Derbyshire, being repaired and brought back into reuse.

 

The position is part funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (Heritage Fund) under the Heritage Enterprise Grant Programme and is open to individuals or companies.  Other funders include the Architectural Heritage Fund and The Pilgrim Trust.

The Development Phase is expected to run for approximately one year and if the Heritage Fund Round Two application is successful, the Delivery Phase is anticipated to be completed within 18 months.

The former WIngfield Station building is the last surviving example of the railway architect Francis Thompson's best work on the North Midland Railway between Derby and Leeds.  Built in 1840, it is a single storey ashlar building in the picturesque Classical stye with overhanging eaves.  

In 2012 the Victorian Society declared the building to be a 'maimed beauty deserving better', and included it on its list of the ten most important 'at risk' buildings in the country.

DHBT Seek New Trustee (Learning and Engagement)

May 25, 2019

We are looking for a new trustee to help lead the organisation into its exciting new future!

 

As we look to broaden our support base and increase people's access to and enjoyment and understanding of their heritage, we are seeking a trustee with particular expertise in community engagement and/or education.

Becoming a trustee will provide a challenging, rewarding and enjoyable opportunity to volunteer with the Trust and play an important role in shaping its future.

If you think you might be able to help us make learning and engagement central to our purpose and can assist us in encouraging, recognising and promoting quality learning opportunities that relate to the historic environment of Derbyshire, please download the role description below.

Please submit an expression of interest if you would like to be considered for this role.

Aqueduct Cottage Fundraiser Exceeds Target

May 23, 2019

A fundraiser to help rescue and restore Aqueduct Cottage has exceeded the original target of £10,000.

 

As part of helping as many people as possible understand why Lea Wood and the wider Derwent Valley is so special, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust are working to repair and re-purpose Aqueduct Cottage. 

They are aiming to make sure the work will remain true to the original façade and we’ll ensure people feel welcomed in so they can learn why the building and its location are so distinct and then go on to discover the magic and beauty of Lea Wood and its wild surroundings.

Aqueduct Cottage is a Grade II listed building situated on the Cromford Canal where it joins the Lea Wood arm and is part of the story of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

It was built in 1802 as a lengthman and lock-keepers cottage by the industrialist, and one time partner of Richard Arkwright, Peter Nightingale. Its construction, along with the canal lock at the entrance of the Lea Wood arm, was agreed as a part of a settlement to resolve a dispute over the water supply to the developing industries at Lea Bridge and Lea Wharf. Florence Nightingale was known to be friends with the occupants during the time she lived at Lea Hurst, in Holloway, and visited several times. It was abandoned in 1970 and after a spell as a wayfarer’s shelter, has fallen into disrepair, with the collapse of the roof seemingly sealing its fate as a ruin.

Looking to the future, building work needs to start for the cottage by Autumn 2019 and Derbyshire Wildlife Trust have been seeking crowdfunding support.

Over the winter months they can continue to work on the landscaping and outside of the cottage. Finally, the interpretation and inside space will be completed.

Throughout 2020 there are national celebrations being held as part of Florence Nightingale’s bicentenary. The aim is to hold a grand opening of the cottage to coincide with these celebrations but they can only do this if the building work is completed during this summer.

 

Help the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and the Friends of Aqueduct Cottage have this wonderful cottage restored and buy a brick to support their work!

The Crowdfunder campaign still has 12 days run.  Every donation helps.

To get your brick, and be part of this unique project please go to:


https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/aqueduct-cottage or,

call Lisa Witham (during office hours) at Derbyshire Wildlife Trust on 01773 881188 to make a direct donation

Wirksworth's Hidden Historic Treasures

May 17, 2019

DHBT's 2019 programme of walks and visits kicked off on Sunday 12th May with a tour of Hopkinson's House and historic Wirksworth.

Tour leader, Barry Joyce MBE (a leading player in the town's regeneration project of the 1980s) led a maximum capacity group up and down the steep climbs, jittys and in between cottages to reveal some of the highlights of this fascinating town, which grew up as a result of lead miners building houses for themselves.

Find out more about what DHBT have in store for the rest of 2019 and book your tickets visit our Eventbrite page.

To find out more about what happened on the Wirksworth walk, take a look here.

Walk to Save Derbyshire's Heritage

April 29, 2019

Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust is encouraging people to don their walking boots to discover some of the county's historic hidden treasures.

Bookings are now open for people to sign up and take part in a series of guided walks and visits throughout the spring and summer of 2019.  The six specially-selected events have been organised by the Trust and include: a rare opportunity to see inside The Mansion in Church Street, Ashbourne; a guided tour of the Cromford Canal together with Aqueduct Cottage in Cromford; and a unique opportunity to see inside a Georgian cotton mill in the spectacular gorge that curves under the town of New Mills.

The walking events kick off on Sunday 12th May 2019 with a stroll around Wirksworth's historic town centre, which has been the home of the DHBT since 1985.  The walk will begin at 14:00 hours in the town's Market Place.

The full programme of walks and visits includes:

- Wirksworth town centre on Sunday 12th May 2019

- The Mansion, Church Street, Ashbourne, on Sunday 16th June 2019

- Cromford Canal and Aqueduct Cottage in Cromford on Sunday 21st July 2019

- Tor Vale Mill and New Mills Millennium Walkway on Sunday 18th August 2019

- Spital Chapel and Cemetery in Chesterfield on Sunday 8th September 2019; and

- Darley Abbey Mills and village on Tuesday 8th October 2019.

Each walk is limited to 20 people, so early booking is recommended.

For more information and booking please click here

Field Barn

February 09, 2019

The Bonsall Field Barn Project, work so far. Incredible before and after photographs of the restoration and repair of the many field barns in the White Peak. 

The Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust is supporting the project, and together both Trusts plan to create a stratgedy for their future survival.

From 10am to 4pm

A Christmas Carol at Hopkinson's House

December 19, 2018

A Dickensian Christmas at DHBT, with a two man show, Mulled wine, mince pies, lanterns and Christmas decoration. Open to the public. Proceeds to go towards the costs of insulating the roof.

Tickets are £12.00, and you can reserve them by emailing events@derbyshirehistoricbuildingstrust.org.uk

Doors Open at 7pm. Hopkinson's House, 1-3 Greenhill, Wirksworth DE4 4EN

A Christmas Carol at Hopkinson's House

December 20, 2018

A Dickensian Christmas at DHBT, with a two man show, Mulled wine, mince pies, lanterns and Christmas decoration. Open to the public. Proceeds to go towards the costs of insulating the roof.

Tickets are £12.00, and you can reserve them by emailing events@derbyshirehistoricbuildingstrust.org.uk

Doors Open at 7pm. Hopkinson's House, 1-3 Greenhill, Wirksworth DE4 4EN

Front Page Again

October 23, 2016

Derek Latham tells the Derby Evening telegraph that the Assembly Rooms should just be a concert venue & the Hippodrome a theatre

Heritage Lottery Funded Project Commences

January 11, 2016

The DHBT is awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £29k to investigate new uses for historic buildings at risk in Derbyshire

We Made the Front Page

April 29, 2016

News of our HLF funded project made it on to the front page of one of our local newspapers and the story continued on two pages inside. Read the article here.

 

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