On 15th September, Graham and Judy White have cancelled their talk about “A Collector’s Dilemma” due to injury.

Instead Alan Bradwell & Tony Lintott will give an illustrated talk about “The Ice-House Project” and where we are today.

On 20th October,  On the 200th Anniversary of this event, Michael Parkin will talk about “The Pentrich Revolution” plus displaying Revolution Memorabilia.


Darley Hall Ice House Community Dig

The Ice-House site in the Shrubbery has been cleared of fallen trees, logs branches and undergrowth, largely by the Derby Parks Volunteers Team, for which we thank them, and other helpers; they have used the wood to build a new fence (“wind-row”) around the Village Hall lawn to protect it and keep it clean. Here are pictures..

And below, we can see for the first time the Ice-House mound properly.

Volunteers have been recruited largely via the DAHG Blog (thanks to Tony) and John Rhodes is the daily rota organiser.  Darley Barn Outdoor Centre offered us access to their facilities during the dig, and Darley Abbey Sanctuary also offered office space in The Stables Bakehouse, and we are using the latter as HQ; many thanks to both parties.  The two local Primary Schools and Darley Abbey Scouts have been alerted to the Dig and will be attending after the trenches are opened up.

If you can help with any of these activities, (in reception, admin, marshalling, digging, cleaning & recording finds etc.). Every job is important as this is a professional dig activity. Please put your name on the Volunteer List using the Contacts page of this Blog.

An article appeared in Derby Telegraph on 1st Sept., describing the Dig, which you probably saw.  There’s a link in the “Dig” pages.  Radio Derby have also made contact.

On Monday 11th, we held the first on-site activity, when Trent & Peak Archaeology staff carried out a Resistivity Survey aided by Volunteers, to determine the exact lay-out of features in the Shrubbery by geophysics. See the Dig pages for more info.


We do not have the results yet, but we will have the time the dig begins. We will have used them to determine the positions of trenches and pits we will dig.

The Dig proper starts on Wed. 20th Sept for 10 days continuous.  Volunteers are being requested to fill in Health & Safety, skills area and contact forms in advance and hand them in at Reception in the HQ (The Bakehouse).  When you come along please have strong foot-wear (wellies or boots) and gardening gloves, and enjoy yourselves!

If you cannot take part, come and watch the main activities  between 10am and 4pm each day 20th -29th Sept.

And wish us luck that we find both the Ice-House and the Abbey !

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

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

Pick up a leaflet at the meeting, the shop and other places locally and around Derbyshire.

Also see their webpages HERE  Scroll through the dates and see whats on.

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.

Newsletter Editor – Alan Bradwell

Blog Editor – Tony Lintott

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