Above: Blackwell Lane, Melbourne

The Group was formed in Spring 2000 to record and research the trades, institutions and social background of Melbourne, South Derbyshire, England.

Although Melbourne is a well-preserved and attractive village, with a magnificent Norman church, the social structure has changed dramatically. Old industries have faded and ways of life are quickly changing.

Each year, one particular aspect of Melbourne’s history is investigated and an exhibition of the findings presented.

Documents, photographs and artefacts are being used to gradually create a permanent resource in the Library at the Assembly Rooms, which may be used for educational work. We also have an archive of photographs and other source materials which can be viewed by appointment.


MHRG’s annual exhibition this year will take place on 10th & 11th June at Melbourne Assembly Rooms, 10.00am – 4.00pm both days.

The subject this year is ‘Melbourne in Film & Photographs‘ and will feature Richard Heath’s slides and vintage film footage by the late Hugh Andrews and others. Admission is free and refreshments will be available.

Updated: 17/05/2023