Alison Uttley

More than just an author of childrens books Many people know Alison Uttley as the children’s author that created beloved bedtime stories in the 1930s but there is more to the life of this complex women and her journey into writing was preceded by a love of science. At this point in her life, Alison … Read More

Sir Barnes Wallis

The man behind the story of the Dambusters Barnes Neville Wallis was born in Ripley Derbyshire on September 26th 1887, sixty years on he was a celebrated hero following his work in WWII and sixty years after that he was a knight, celebrated annually for his success and vision. This is a very simple way … Read More

George Herbert Strutt

Strutt’s of BelperGeorge Herbert Strutt was born in 1854 in the town of Belper, Derbyshire as the only son and youngest child in a family that held great influence over the town. At the turn of the century Strutt would enjoy plenty of wealth and success; in 1902 he bought the estates of Glensanda and … Read More

Baroness Olave St. Clair Baden-Powell.

Baroness Olave St. Clair Baden-Powell The story of her life began when she was born on the 22nd of February 1889 in Chesterfield to local artist Harold Soames and his wife Katherine. Despite a fairly nomadic childhood, locating often from house to house, she enjoyed a rich and privileged upbringing under the care of her … Read More

Shardlow Canal

┬áHistory Of Shardlow Canal Port The inland port of Shardlow is arguably best known as the site of the Sharlow Canal and one of Derbyshire’s most important trading grounds in the 1770s but the history and significance of this port goes much further than the glory years of the Soresbys and the numerous businesses on … Read More