Bamford & District History Group

Bamford & District History Group

The History Group was formed several years ago to study and enjoy the history of Bamford and the surrounding areas. We are one of the User Groups of the Institute and members of the Institute area automatically members of the History Group. We hold monthly meetings, usually on the second Friday night in the month depending of the availability of speakers, and arrange visits to places of interest in the summer. Members of the Institute who attend History Group meetings are sent a Newsletter and Meetings Programme.

The History Group has collected an archive of local records including the census records from 1851 to 1901, an index of the Parish Burial Record and Marriage Record. We have copies of the 1842 Tithe Map and list of landowners and have a large collection of copies of local photographs. Geoff Darwent’s collection of cuttings of the entries in the Derbyshire Times from the early 1950s is also deposited with us.

Members Evenings are arranged for theses items to be viewed. Exhibitions of Photographs are held annually.

Current Committee Members

Malcolm Dungworth (President)

Kath Hearnshaw (Chair)

Maureen Dungworth (Secretary)

Dave Sheldon (Treasurer)

Jennifer Fox

David Holmes

Howard Ward

Brian Wood

PROGRAMME 2022

Bamford Village Institute

8pm start unless specified

Entrance fee: £2 for Institute members, £4 for non-members

Refreshments are included


14th January 2022 – New Year Lunch - Yorkshire Bridge Inn

11th February 2022 - Films with Nick Wheat including Peak District Tour (Digital) and the Blue Pullman Train which is in cine film. Cine films were regularly shown at the Institute in the 1950s

11th March 2022 – The Barber Family of the Hope Valley - Brian Gillman

8th April 2022 – History of the Longshaw Estate - Talk by Thelma Griffiths


13th May 2022 - Edale Mountain Rescue - Ian Donaldson


June 2022- A visit to a place of historical interest - to be arranged


July 2022 - Carnival Exhibition


August 2022 - No meeting


9th September 2022 - Wanderings in a curious valley - People and Landscape of Loxley - Peter Machan


14th October 2022 - The Ancient Suburbs of Sheffield - David Templeman


11th November 2022 - Napoleon's Lost Legions - Prisoners of war including some sent to Chesterfield - John Taylor


December 2022 - Christmas Meal