Philip White

Philip White

Derbyshire conference 2018

The 2018 Autumn conference & AGM shall be held in the Peak District National Park in Derbyshire from 15th to 16th September. It shall look at historic buildings in the context of the landscapes in which they developed and how they are changing now and into the future. The Peak District has benefited from the recent completion of the Peak District Farmsteads Project, supported by Historic England, which has provided guidance following mapping of the historic character and survival of farmsteads and field barns across the National Park 

This work shows that, whilst the Peak District has much in common with other upland landscapes of northern England, it has very distinct patterns of farmsteads and buildings which developed to serve the needs of its own and surrounding communities.  These developed in the framework of fields, limestone heaths and gritstone moorland which all retain evidence for their use from the prehistoric period. 

The conference is organised along similar lines to other recent HFBG events. We shall have a morning of lectures followed by an exciting range of buildings and sites, from the Chatsworth estate around the Derwent to the farms of Edale and the Hope Valley. 

Accommodation will be self-organised as with previous recent conferences. 

Provisional programme


Introducing the Peak and its farmsteads

Venue: Beeley Parish Church - Matlock DE4 2NT

09.30 for 10am start

Ken Smith       Introducing the Peak District

Jeremy Lake    Peak farms and their landscapes


Perspectives on agri-environment schemes, conservation issues and reuse from Natural England, Peak District National Park and local architects

12.30   Lunch

1.15     Beeley Village

Guided walk to take in farm buildings in the context of an historic village dating from the 16th century - a cruck-framed barn, an 18th century hay barn of the type which developed around the hay meadows of the Derwent, the late 18th century Duke’s Barn, Chatsworth estate houses converted from farm buildings in the 19th century, and the early enclosures around the village with their field barns.

3.15     Park Farm

Tour of late 18th-19th century model farm in land enclosed from moorland on the edge of Chatsworth Park, built to an overall classical design with historic apotraic marks and other features.

4.30     Edensor

Tea and a guided walk into the field barn landscape


10.00   Hathersage Business Centre

Tour of the site and its converted farm buildings by its owner.

Tour into Edale and Hope Valley.  


Further information


To help you locate further information on historic farm buildings, links to some useful websites are listed below. This is not an exhaustive list and a search on the world wide web will find other useful sites. The inclusion of any website here is for information only and should not be interpretated as an endorsement.  This list is sectioned into: NATIONAL ORGANISATIONS, REGIONAL ORGANISATIONS, BUILDING MUSEUMS, OTHER WEBSITES. 


CADWHistoric Environment Wales:

Historic Agricultural Buildings: see downloads under

Historic England

Farm Buildings:

Farmsteads character:

Historic Environment Scotland

Heritage Gateway

Englands Historic sites and buildings:

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

37 Spital Square London E1 6DY 

Scotland's Rural Past

Scottish Executive - Conversion of redundant farm steadings:

Vernacular Architecture Group

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Farm Buildings:



Buckinghamshire Archaeological Society - Historic buildings group:

Dartmoor National Park Authority

Historic farmsteads:

Devon Buildings Group

Devon Earth Buildngs Association

East Midlands Earth Structures Society

Gloucestershire Building Recording Group

Nottinghamshire Building Preservation Trust

Suffolk Historic Buildings Group

Wiltshire Buildings Record



Acton Scott Museum Church Stretton Shropshire

Agricultural Museum Brook Ashford Kent

Avoncroft Museum Bromsgrove Worcestershire

Cressing Temple Barns Braintree Essex

Chiltern Open Air Museum Buckinghamshire

National Museum of Rural Life East Kilbride

St Fagans National Museum of History Cardiff

The Museum of English Rural Life Reading

The Village Church Farm Skegness

Weald & Downland Museum West Dean West Sussex



Building Conservation

Kens Great Barns

Worcestershire Farmsteads Project