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.

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

Industrial Heritage Day and Conference – “The Mansfield and Pinxton Railway (1819)”.  The Railway and Canal Historical Society  are organising the next EMIAC Industrial Heritage Day and Conference. Titled “The Mansfield and Pinxton Railway (1819)”, EMIAC 96 is on Saturday 11 May 2019.

The theme this May celebrates the 200th anniversary of the opening of the Mansfield and Pinxton Railway.   Kirby in Ashfield was once an important centre of coal mining and railways in west Nottinghamshire, with three active coal mines and several railway junctions. The former Mansfield and Pinxton Railway opened in 1819, connecting the Cromford Canal with Mansfield, passing through Kirby in Ashfield. The Erewash Valley line was joined here by the later Midland Railway line from Nottingham. The Great Central Railway main line passed to the south-west side of the town and had a double junction with the Great Northern Railway Leen Valley Extension line to Langwith Junction and the Mansfield Railway to Clipstone. British Rail rerouted lines in the area in 1972 to eliminate level crossings and the Robin Hood Line opened in 1993, utilising the routes of several earlier railways.

The conference runs all day for a modest cost of only £20 Download  the booking form and further details here –  EMIAC96_Brochure2019