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.

Find out about our next Exhibition here.

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.

NEW – We are holding a public meeting on 19th June 2019 at the Assembly Rooms in Melbourne (starts 19:30). Philip Heath, our chairman, will talk about the “History of Melbourne”. Admission is free. More information can be found on our Facebook Page.