Ilkeston and District Heritage: Introduction

Fortunately or unfortunately, not everything survives. Usually the changes are almost imperceptible with the old, inadequate, inappropriate, unloved giving way to the new which, in their turn pass into history.

We have lived in a fortunate age when records — both written and pictorial — were so readily created and stored that we can have some experience of a construction or way of life. Now that it is even easier to create and dispose electronic data, it is debatable whether we shall have such a rich recorded heritage in the future.

Many of the pages in this Heritage section have photographs that have become part of the historical record, as what they illustrate has been destroyed and replaced.