The Darley Hall Ice House Community Dig

Heritage Lottery Funding (HLF) have approved our project and have awarded DAHG £9,500 to carry out an exploratory archaeological excavation of the old Ice-House of Darley Hall, in conjunction with Trent & Peak Archaeology (T&PA).

Thanks to HLF for the Award and to Lottery users for their contributions. We’re now –

Thanks to all Groups – DACA; FODOS; DVM/WHS; the Scouts – who gave us local support in our bid. A particular thanks to Derby City Council and the City Archaeologist for their approval to dig on their land along with their support and help on the project to date. This, we trust, will continue into the future as the project progresses. Finally, we also thank T&PA for their professional guidance.

Next, Derby City Council Parks Team(s) will clear the site in the shrubbery by the Village Hall and we’ll be working with T&PA to carry out geophysical testing of the site, to accurately locate the buried features.

The work will begin in early September and we are contacting adult volunteers and school-children, who have expressed an interest in helping, to take part in this exciting project.   Other volunteers who are interested can contact us through the “Contacts” page of this Blog or apply directly by email. To access your email programme Click Here

Watch out for notifications, emails etc. detailing the dates and read the Ice House Dig section of the Blog which will always be up to date.

You can find the Official Press Release via this link HERE

Thanks to all involved in preparing for and winning this Award.


Derwent Valley Mills/WHS Discovery Days will be held in Darley on Saturday/Sunday 21st/22nd October. 

On Sat 21st, Roy & Sheila will lead a walk around the village looking at the locations of “Early Schools”; meet at Millview Gardens at 10.00am; finish at the Church at 12.30pm.

On Sunday 22rd – Erica will lead a “Past & Present Darley Abbey” walk round the village; meet at the Village Hall, New Rd. at 1.30pm.

and – we will again mount a display of our Research and Artefacts in the Village Hall from 11am to 4pm.; this will include some recent Ice-House discoveries, since the Project will be over by then.   Volunteers will be needed for setting up, staffing and stripping down from 9am to 5pm – please sign up.

The Sunday event will be shared with the Darley Abbey Thursday Artists Group.


DAHG “Website”

We now have a Group email address, for your questions and queries.


 We also have a “Blog”.   Definition: A blog (a truncation of the expression “weblog”) is a discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web.

 Here is the web address of our Blog,

 Info: Hover over the web address shown then press the Ctrl key and hold it down then click the left mouse button. This should take you to the site. If you can’t make this work, copy the whole of the web address and paste into your browser address bar or just type it in.


Alan Bradwell –  Newsletter Editor

Tony Lintott – Blog Editor


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