Social Histories

Interesting topics and notable people…

Portrait Galleries  These pages contain images taken from our files and the archives of the Erewash Museum in Ilkeston. Most of the persons featured were prominent members of the local community during the late 19th and early 20th centuries as featured in two volumes produced by Edwin Trueman, both entitled ‘Portrait Gallery of the Principal Inhabitants’. The first was published in 1887 to commemorate the Jubilee of Queen Victoria, the second in 1911 as a souvenir of the Coronation of King George V.

The remarkable Short Brothers

The remarkable Short Brothers

(a longer read) by Danny Corns Many years ago, former Society Chairman David Harrison told me of a connection between the Short Brothers of aeronautical and flying boat fame and...

The Mayor, the King and the Old Bailey

The Mayor, the King and the Old Bailey

(A longer read) From information kindly supplied by Michael Harmer John and Gertrude Macdonald were married on 23rd July 1902 John Angus McDonald (the spelling was anglicised to...

An Ilkeston man in the American Civil War

An Ilkeston man in the American Civil War

(A longer read) The complicated life of George Newman George Newman was born in Northamptonshire in September 1834. His father John was a gamekeeper and his mother a dressmaker....

Great War stories

Great War stories

(A longer read) When we think of the First World War, most of us think of trenches, machine guns and mud in France and Belgium. Most of the men from Ilkeston and District who...

Ilkeston’s ‘Waterloo Men’

Ilkeston’s ‘Waterloo Men’

Researched by Peter Cave. Sixty or so local men who served in the army during the Napoleonic Wars have so far been rediscovered. Mostly these are the survivors, the ones who were...

The War Memorial, Ilkeston Market Place

The War Memorial, Ilkeston Market Place

Ilkeston's civic War Memorial takes the form of a 'cenotaph' or empty tomb. Names were requested by public appeal, so not every casualty appears here. Likewise, a few of the...

Portrait Gallery 3

Portrait Gallery 3

This page contains more images which will be of interest to the family historian. Though not of the same social standing as some of those featured in Portrait Galleries 1 and 2,...

Portrait Gallery 2

Portrait Gallery 2

Most of the persons featured on this page were prominent members of the local community during the late 19th and early 20th centuries as featured in two volumes produced by Edwin...

Portrait Gallery 1

Portrait Gallery 1

Most of the persons featured on this page were prominent members of the local community during the late 19th and early 20th centuries as featured in two volumes produced by Edwin...

Ilkeston Remembered

Ilkeston Remembered

(A longer read) So often do we listen to someone’s reminiscences of their childhood, where they were born, their teenage years, or their working lives, only to find that these...