Work on the Victoria County History in Derbyshire has been funded since its inception in January 2002 by the Derbyshire VCH Trust, a voluntary body established in 2001. The Trust is a registered charity (number 1098339).
In addition to its members' subscriptions, the trust receives considerable support from Derbyshire County Council, which is responsible for the Local Studies Libraries at Matlock, Chesterfield and across the county, the Derbyshire Record Office and the Derbyshire Museum Service. Several other local authorities in the county have also supported the trust with grants and subscriptions.
To find out how you could make a contribution to VCH Derbyshire, please contact the Trust's Treasurer, by email.
The Trust holds an annual general meeting, to which the officers report and which elects both the officers and a committee that meets about four times a year. The AGM, held in May or June each year, is combined with a public lecture by a leading local historian. Trust members also receive regular issues of `Derbyshire VCH News'.
Since the autumn of 2002 the Trust has arranged a series of continuing education classes. These were first based at Chesterfield Library, on aspects of the history of north-eastern Derbyshire generally and continue and are well-supported. More of these 'local history workshops' have been established at Wirksworth and Matlock. Contact our County Editor for further details.
The Trust is also keen to develop links with Derbyshire schools, since local history forms part of the National Curriculum at Keystages 2 and 3. We hope in due course to help local teachers by producing short booklets or web-based material on aspects of Derbyshire local history, drawing on the information collected for VCH.
The County Editor, Philip Riden, will be delighted to give talks to local history societies and other organisations about the work of VCH in Derbyshire. In addition, Mr Riden can speak about his current research on the history of parishes in north-eastern Derbyshire and elsewhere.
The Trust is very keen to involve as many individuals and groups interested in local and family history in Derbyshire as possible in its work. To find out how you (or your society) can support the Trust by becoming a member, see the form below.