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.


Our next exhibition is called “The Women of Melbourne“. It has been postponed until 11th & 12th June 2022 and will take place at the Assembly Rooms.

Our new book, Melbourne’s Pubs, Past and Present, is now available for purchase. Written by Barry Thomas, Sue Webster and Philip Heath, the publication contains an impressive history of Melbourne’s pubs, beerhouses, breweries, off-licences and maltings, well-illustrated – in colour where appropriate. 

As the planned big launch is not appropriate owing to the pandemic, a limited run has been be produced and can be purchased from Jean Grimley by telephoning 01332 863385, emailing grimjeannie@aol.com or texting 07904 245789. Please ensure that your contact details are given. Price: £14.95. See also our Publication page for details.

A copy of our exhibition boards about the July 1940 bombing of Melbourne, displayed at the Senior Citizens Community Centre, can be found here (PDF format).

Our School’s Out book is now on sale for £15:00. Please see our Publications page or Facebook Page for more details.

Our Exhibition on Melbourne Pubs was a great success. We also ran two guided walks around old Melbourne pubs on 21 and 22 September 2019.