Other ways of finding out.

There are rich pickings in the on-line searches of the Local Studies Library newspaper archive. The challenge is to find the trigger words, phrases and names to strike lucky. I am still working on that. It takes time to find your way around the old directories in the library but they are invaluable. I feel… Continue Reading →

A 21st Century Mill

Yesterday, 14th May, the group visited to a fully operational, 21st century Derwent Valley enterprise, John Smedley Mills, in Lea Bridge Matlock. We  read the health and safety guidelines and made a packed lunch. It was a glorious day and Derbyshire looked spectacular. Perfect picnic weather.   Most of Fact & Fabrication participants gathered in The… Continue Reading →

University of Derby

Tuesday 24th April saw our group attend the University of Derby to talk to  Dr Cath Feely and Dr Helen Bates about possible areas of research focus. Both women are lecturers on the Public History and Heritage MA which began in September 2017 and have not only a background in research but also an in… Continue Reading →

Derby Local Studies Library

Tuesday 27 March 2018 saw the first outing for our research group at Derby Local Studies and Family History Library. Jenny, Maureen, Hazel and seven volunteers were given an extremely warm welcome by Mark Young, the manager of the library (pictured) and library genealogist Jane. Mark and Jane covered ever aspect of how to use… Continue Reading →

About us

  Spiral Arts are a Derby-based collective of professional visual artists with over 12 years’ experience of delivering participatory workshops. Their aim is to work in the local communities in Derby and the surrounding areas and use visual arts as a vehicle for social interaction in shared creative spaces, working with hard to reach groups, making… Continue Reading →


Welcome to Fact & Fabrication! Fact and Fabrication is a Heritage Lottery Funded Community Project which looks at the Derwent Valley during World War I. Made possible by National Lottery players through HLF’s First World War ‘Then and Now’ programme, the project will focus on researching the communities living along the Derwent Valley during WWI and… Continue Reading →

Fleet Arts, Belper

The exhibition is now at the final venue of the tour, at Fleet Arts in Belper. This is a community arts charity delivering visual arts and music projects with local people. The centre is open on Monday and Wednesday 9.30-3.30pm and on Thursday mornings 10-12pm. If you are visiting other times, please contact the centre to… Continue Reading →

The Orangery, Derby Arboretum

The exhibition is being displayed at the Orangery in Derby Arboretum, the oldest public park in the country. The orangery will be open during May, the dates are on the poster. The exhibition will also be open at the May Fest which is taking place on Sunday 12 May, between 1-5pm. This event is being… Continue Reading →

St Matthews Church

The exhibition is now in the beautiful St Matthews Church, in Darley Abbey. It will be on display there until Thursday 18 April. The church will be open to visitors on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday afternoons from 2-4pm. Some of the research team will be on hand to talk about the project. Please… Continue Reading →

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