Success for Derbyshire VCH Connected Communities Event

Connected Communities road-show

The ‘Connected Communities – Writing our History and Digging our Past’ event at Matlock on 31 March has been judged a success.


The Derbyshire Victoria County History Trust hosted the event in partnership with the University of Nottingham, School of Humanities. The ‘road-show’ was designed to explore how local history and heritage groups could benefit from a new scheme by the Heritage Lottery Fund, 'All Our Stories', linked to the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The University has been awarded a grant by the AHRC to strengthen links with individuals and outside groups in work on history and archaeology. The road-show was one of a series of events in the region.


The University hopes to support voluntary societies and community groups seeking to bid for the new HLF call linked to the AHRC ‘Connected Communities’ Programme.


Attendees at the Saturday event, who numbered over 60, asked that a number of links for further information, identified during the day, should be publicised. These are below.


As explained during the workshop, the next stage will be a follow-up meeting to help encourage potential applicants through the process. The Derbyshire VCH Trust is also to investigate holding further workshops on sources for local history in the county and republishing its popular, but now out of print, research handbook.


HLF and AHRC links:


HLF press release

HLF programme page

AHRC press release -

National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement programme page -



(A group who had made a successful HLF application. The ‘About Us’ page at contains the group’s constitution, which some workshop participants expressed an interest in seeing).


(Their purpose is ‘to encourage and assist the study of Local History as an academic discipline and as a rewarding leisure pursuit for both individuals and groups’.  Membership of BALH is open to history societies at £58 per year. This includes membership of an insurance scheme and access to services such as a journal and a model constitution.



  • University of Nottingham.





  • For further information on how to work with the Derbyshire Victoria County History Trust on potential projects that might fulfil the ‘Connecting Communities’ programme, please contact Philip Riden, email or telephone 01246 554026 (evenings).

(Updated 19 April 2012)