History Group talks and other events at the William Layne Reading Room, Aughton Lane, Aston.

When do we meet?

The History Group meets in the William Layne Reading Room, Aughton Lane, Aston on the first and third Mondays of the month 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm.  (When the Monday is a bank holiday, the meeting moves to the following Monday.)

On the first Monday we have a general meeting of members and on the third Monday we often have a speaker.

Visitors are welcome at the talks, with a charge of £4.00, including refreshments.

The History Group will take a break during August and meetings will begin again on Monday 5th September 2022.    New members are always welcome, just come along to a meeting and try us out.


History Group Talks in the William Layne Reading, Aughton Lane, Aston.
Visitors welcome at our talks:  £4 including refreshments.

Monday 17th January 2022, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Illustrated talk by Stephen Gay:  “Through Kirton Tunnel.   A rail journey from Sheffield to Cleethorpes, Part 3″.

Monday 21st March 2022, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Illustrated talk by Anthony Barber:  “The History of the St. Leger”.

Monday 16th May 2022, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Illustrated talk by Ian Morgan.   “The Roman Fossdyke Canal and the tales of murder, mystery and intrigue that have happened along its banks over the centuries”.

Saturday 6th August 2022.
Aston Carnival.  Parade begins 11 a.m. and arrives at the Lodge Lane Playing Fields at 12 noon.

Heritage Open Days: 9th and 10th September 2022
Friday 9th September, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday 10th September, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Discover our local history through documents, maps and photographs.

Monday 19th September 2022, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Illustrated talk by Simon Cork.   “Andrew Carnegie:  His Philanthropy and Libraries”.  Celebrated for building over 2600 Carnegie Libraries.  One of the World’s greatest philanthropists.

Saturday 1st October 2022, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Local History Fair in the Aston-cum-Aughton Parish Hall, Rosegarth Avenue, Aston, Sheffield, S26 2DD.   This will involve local history and heritage groups in the North Derbyshire and South Yorkshire Areas.  

Monday 21st November 2022, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Illustrated talk by Graham Sykes:   “World War One Bombing Raid on Sheffield – The Forgotten Blitz (26th September 1916).