The Derbyshire Derwent Valley

Mike Higginbottom

Notice Period:
Emergency (maybe less than one week's notice)
Architectural and social history
Paid: Dependent on size of audience and distance travelled from South Yorkshire
9th January 2024

The Derbyshire River Derwent takes the traveller past sites representing much of the county’s long and varied history – reservoirs, country houses, transport-routes, industrial settlements, holiday resorts.

This presentation highlights the variety of scenery and the rich historical heritage of this spectacular area in the heartland of northern England, including the Derwent, Howden and Ladybower Reservoirs, Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall, Matlock and Matlock Bath, the Cromford Canal and the Cromford & High Peak Railway, the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, the city of Derby and the canal-port of Shardlow.

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About Mike Higginbottom

I am a freelance history lecturer specialising in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries with a background in university extramural education.

I offer distinctive, life-enhancing insights into the past, particularly the recent past, for people who enjoy visiting places and recognising the human stories behind this historical heritage.

I lecture for the Arts Society (formerly the National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies [NADFAS]) in the UK, Spain, Australia and New Zealand.

Whether lecturing, writing or guiding tours, I provide detailed information in a lucid and entertaining way.  My publications and lectures are copiously illustrated, as much as possible using my own photography.

Mike Higginbottom Interesting Times is the brand for my history education work – tours, lectures and publications. My blog is a fund of interesting, sometimes quirky insights into places, people and historical events.

I'm based in Sheffield and willing to travel anywhere in the UK or further afield.

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