Strolls through the Past: What’s On
Coming soon (TBC Autumn 2016 – 2018)
Grand Tours at Home: Following the footsteps of Georgian Antiquaries
Dead and Buried in Derby: The Lost Graveyards of the Old Borough
Vanished Slums of England’s First Factory Town
Long Gone Landscapes of Derby’s Gentry and Nobility
About Grand Tours
Many rural and urban landscapes retain numerous historic features – either buried beneath the soil and rubble of change, concealed to the uninformed eye, or, though on view for all to see, passed by in the rush of modern life.
Why not take time to explore the hidden histories of familiar places, and step back into the past to consider everyday life for previous generations in the spaces still lived in, worked in, and enjoyed at leisure today?
Alongside the study of historic maps and documents, archaeological investigations of standing buildings, monuments, and grave memorials, and excavations of buried remains, broaden the scope of what might be discovered about life in the past, and may tell us a great deal about the ‘ordinary’ people, and ways of life, that were often ignored in texts.
A range of educational study tours, site tours, museum field trips and history walks (as well as talks, lectures and workshops) will soon be available to members of the public: bookings may be made by groups, families or individuals – offering great value for money!
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Viewing the past from a different perspective: From Grand Schemes to Hidden Histories
As a professional Historical Archaeologist with over 15 years experience, Dr Jarrett has carried out extensive research into the cultural and social significance of changing landscapes in different historic periods, examining a wide range of archaeological material (such as housing, burials, ritual activity, and artefacts) and other historical sources (such as written evidence, maps, oral history, illustrations and photographs).
Dr Jarrett brings together these sources to explore how different people in the past experienced their surroundings in different ways. She is particularly interested in how the ideas of those in authority affected the everyday lives of ‘ordinary’ people, including those with very little power: the destitute, homeless, and abused.
This knowledge has been shared by providing many field-trips, as well as class-based teaching and distance learning (for the WEA and Adult Education departments at the University of Nottingham, Keele University, University of Oxford, schools, and for project volunteers). Through this work, Dr Jarrett has developed specialist skills in using the historic environment and artefacts to bring the past alive for ‘history tourists’ of all ages.