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Repton Village History Group

About Us 

The Group was formed in 1981 by a small number of amateur local historians brought together by a village appraisal survey of interests and hobbies of Repton residents.

Over the years, the Group’s members have been involved in historical research, publications, the staging of occasional displays and exhibitions, as well as conducting local visits and talks. The members met informally in each other’s homes, but did not hold public meetings as such.

The RVHG now has a programme of monthly meetings which are open to members and visitors. These meetings are for talks about items of local historical interest, outings, and display evenings where our archives are on show. The Group also participates with other local organisations by staging displays of old photographs.

Membership of the Group is open to anyone with an interest in local history, especially of Repton and its environs (including Milton, Foremark and Ingleby).

The Membership year commences on 1st April annually, the subscription being:

                        Family Membership              £8.00 per annum

                        Single Membership              £4.00 per annum

The Membership Secretary is: John Kidd who can be contacted on 01283 702991.

We normally meet at Repton Village Hall, Askew Grove at 7.30pm on the third Tuesday of the month. (see Programme for full details). Entrance is £2.00 for members and £3.00 for visitors.

Past Activities

The group’s first major project was the production in 1982 of the Repton Trail – a handy guide to the village which has now reached its third printing.  In 1983 was published an illustrated map of the village, showing places of interest together with some historical information, and which also has proved popular.  The memories of some older residents have been recorded on tape, and things now gone have been photographed.  Artefacts and memorabilia have been collected for preservation – things which otherwise might have been lost.

In conjunction with Professor Martin Biddle's 1980s archaeological dig, the churchyard was surveyed, and is now being recorded to provide a permanent record and a source of reference for the future.  An investigation of the site of a possible Iron Age settlement on Askew Hill has taken place under the guidance of Professor Biddle, which yielded a quantity of potsherds dating back to Roman times.

More recently, in 2003, the Group staged a major exhibition in Repton Village Hall which took place over a whole week-end and was very well attended. In addition to a large photographic display, there was also on show, some of our documentary archives, a slide show and tape recordings of peoples memories. St Wystan’s Church also participated. Following the success of this event, the Group then published a booklet of old photographs entitled Repton – Historic Capital of Mercia.

We would like to recognise the contributions made by Colin Kitching, founding member of RVHG - Colin Kitching - An Obituary



GROUP OBJECTIVES  ( Taken from the RVHG constitution )

  1. To promote and encourage the study of local history and genealogy with particular reference to Repton and its environs.

  2. To promote the preservation, security and accessibility of archival material.

  3. To preserve, transcribe, index and publish material with particular reference to Repton and its environs.

  4. To promote educational activities including meetings, exhibitions, workshops and visits.

  5. To work closely with local history groups and established organisations, and other groups and societies within Repton and its environs.


And Finally

If you can help with material or information – we would be delighted to hear from you.

If you have old photographs you are willing for us to copy or if you have any old documents to show us or memories to share – please tell us by contacting Andy Austen on 01283 702448 or email



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