Reviews of each event will be posted throughout the year following each event. Reviews of past events can be found on the right of this page, including a review of the Innaugural David Walker Memorial Lecture.
The Silk Mill at Derby hosted the iconic poppy sculpture between 9 Jun and 23 Jul as part of “14-18 NOW” tour.
We are pleased to announce that the poppies presented Weeping Window at the Silk Mill, in Derby.
The presentations by “14-18 NOW”, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, will give people across the UK the chance to experience the impact of the ceramic poppy sculpture in a range of places of particular First World War resonance. During the First World War, Derby Silk Mill was divided into two businesses one grinding corn and the other making medical supplies, both integral to the British war effort and scarce by 1916.
Derby as a whole played a vital part in production during the course of the First World War with Rolls-Royce developing the Eagle Engine at the request of the government to power allied aircraft. As Derby Silk Mill: Museum of Making the museum now holds a great number of industrial and social history objects which help to tell the stories of Derby’s companies and its communities.
Weeping Window is from the installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ – poppies and original concept by artist Paul Cummins of Derbyshire and installation designed by Tom Piper – by Paul Cummins Ceramics Limited in conjunction with Historic Royal Palaces, originally at HM Tower of London 2014.
Derby School and Royal Crown Derby
PTA / DGS Food Fayre 2017
Another most successful Food Fayre organised by the Parent Teachers Association (PTA) and supported by Derby Grammar School (DGS) took place on Saturday 18th March 2017 within the Michael Bishop Hall and also within the main quadrangle. Again in order to promote the school DGS ran an ‘Open Day’ for prospective pupils and their parents.
This year stalls covered a very wide range of locally produced foods, drinks and services were present, including several new stalls not seen before. One of the highlights of the day was the singing by the Junior School to all those attending, they received much applause. The number of visitors and guests was good and the whole of the event was accompanied by a dry day but one needed to wrap up warm.
Through the kind offices of the PTA the OD Society were allocated our usual stand space in the Michael Bishop Hall and this year was manned by our archivist Barrie Sheard. For a change this year we had a lap-top photo slide show of two particular types:
Besides the slide display we had available several goods, such as OD Society ties, cuff-links and scarves plus copies of the Centenary painting of St. Helen’s House, the DVD of Colin Bell’s “History of Derby School to the end of the 19th Century”. As usual we showed the flag for the Society and made several useful contacts during the Fayre with both possible future DGS parents and also pupils about to enter their final years at DGS.
The attached panoramic photograph shows the extent of the various stalls.
Class of 1950 Reunion
"This must be about the 33rd meeting of the class of 1950 since John Dring, Tony Holmes et al. made contact with our classmates from 2H and 2R. (I'm sure others who know better will correct me) It seems unusual and probably unique for a reunion initiative to remain viable for so long a period and hopefully it will continue for more years to come. Inevitably as members move toward their 80th birthdays our numbers dwindle (Sadly our latest member to die was Alan Tidman, who passed away in March.) Our latest reunion was very informal, but most enjoyable, the meeting took place on Wednesday 5th April, with 12 of the group in attendance (Apologies were received from 9 others) The next meeting is planned for Tuesday 8th August to coincide with a visit to Derby by John Dring from Australia. As before the venue will be the ‘Five Lamps Pub’ on Duffield Road in Derby.
Report from Alan J. Goodwin (1950-1957) co-ordinator of Group
Year in review