Heage Walk – April 30th – From Heage Windmill DE56 2BH
At a time of high unemployment and extreme poverty amongst the labouring classes the Pentrich Revolution in June 1817 was one of the last popular risings against a repressive government fearful of an English version of the French Revolution. Although it failed it was representative of a rising tide of radicalism in the 19th Century which eventually resulted in universal emancipation, the rise of the trade union movement and fairer employment laws.
In 2017 we will be celebrating the bi-centenary of this momentous local event with a guided commemorative walk through South Wingfield on Friday 9th June. There will also be an International Conference at Derby University on this day. This will be followed by a celebration event held on Saturday 10th June at South Wingfield Social Club including excerpts from a play by the Big Adventures Theatre Company which tell the story of the rising. There will also be the opportunity to visit Wingfield Manor on this day.
We have devised a series of local walks following the route taken by the revolutionaries across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire and a series of information boards will be placed along the route. There will also be a series of Awareness raising exhibitions and art exhibitions themed around the Pentrich Revolution. There will be permanent exhibitions at Ripley Town Hall and Ripley Fish & Chips ( formerly Crest of the Wave ). A summer exhibition of contemporary artefacts at Pickford House in Derby is being organised by Derby Museum. This will be followed by an Exhibition at The Galleries of Justice in Nottingham during the autumn. There will also be smaller travelling exhibitions at libraries in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire in local communities connected with the rising.
In the autumn we hope to work with local schools on a living history project incorporating video and other media