Welcome to NEDIAS

We are a friendly Society  discovering much about the rich industrial history and archaeology of the broader Chesterfield and north-east  Derbyshire area. We have monthly meetings with talks on fascinating local heritage, and our members receive quarterly Newsletters full of details about “What’s On”. We visit local and not-so-local sites of interest, and we carry out surveys and limited excavation within the area.

Check out our Facebook page @nediaschesterfield, see what we’re up to!

NEDIAS are organising the next EMIAC Heritage Day, it’s on Saturday 6 May 2017 and it will be held at Cromford Mill. It’s called “Cromford Threads”, very much a play on words.  The day will consist of talks and more, teasing  out not the main “Arkwright” theme, but some of the peripheral aspects of the Derwent Valley: the design of mills and influences on Arkwright, the principal water power for Cromford Mill which came from the area’s lead mining activity, the industrial espionage which was to spread the new technology to the continent, and what happened to the Arkwright family in later generations. Download your booking form here emiac-92-booking-form

Do look at our Meetings page, and download our programme, maybe even download a membership application here Members Application

HOT PRESS: We’ve just published our latest 100-page Journal. It has articles on Staveley Works, Brunton’s engine house at Butterley Steel Works, Riddings oil refinery of 1848, Boulton & Paul Ltd in WW1, and a fact finding visit from Leicester to view Chesterfield trolleybuses. Fascinating stuff! Order form here – Journal order form NEDIAS Journal Vol 6