As of April 2021

AGM 2021

This years AGM will (hopefully) take place sometime in September, but with Covid restrictions still in place no decision has been made on the Date or Venue.


We are at last able conduct 2 of the walks that we orginally planned for the summer. These two walks will take place on:-

Sunday 5th September 10am Meet Market Place
Sunday 12th September 10am Meet Brewhouse car park

The Brewhouse walk is a new walk, which will explorer the other mostly forgotten industry of Burton, with the Market Place walk, exploring the foundation of Burton Abbey, the town that grew up around it, to become that town that we know today.

Please allow two hours for each walk which are free.
Members & friends welcome
For more infomation please email


A St Modwen’s Day Dinner is taking place on Wednesday 3th November commencing at 6.30pm in The Mulberry Restaurant at Burton & South Derbyshire College, Lichfield Street, Burton. This Wednesday was chosen as it is the closest Wednesday that The Mulberry Restaurant is open to St Modwen’s Feast Day which is 29th October.

After the dinner a talk will be given by the well-known local historian Richard Stone on the Texts and Trimming used by the monks at the time of Burton Abbey.

If you would like to come along to the event, which is open to both members of the society and their guests, the cost will be £ 25 for a 3 course meal and lecture on Wednesday 3th November, then please contact Mick Clifford either by email or phone 01283 536250.


All talks are held on Wednesday evenings, at 7.00pm for a 7.15pm start.
The venue for this season will be Cafe Zen which is on the corner of High St and the Market Place (DE14 1HN)
Entry to our first two talks will be Free of Charge.

2021-2022 TALKS

20th October 2021 Wonderful Wetlands with a tour of British Wetlands Dave Hollis
17th November 2021 History of the Postcard Gay Evans
16th February 2022 Details to follow
16th March 2022 Details to follow

For more infomation on the talks and other events please will be available soon our old flyer...

If you're feeling fit, Burton Civic Society have produced a 12-mile walk you could do on your own (see ACTIVITIES, below).


Download this walking map following the old Wetmore boundary. The walk covering both streets and footpaths, is approximately 12 miles and attempts to follow the ancient boundary around Burton. The trail was established by our chairman Richard Stone and the map produced by Richard and Shelagh Wain. We hope you enjoy the trip.
Please click here to download the map & instructions...



(recommended by our members)

The Brewhouse Arts Centre, for arts, music and cultural events

Tutbury Castle

Burton Conservation Volunteers

Claymills Victorian Pumping Station - Steaming Days

National Brewery Centre (formerly The Bass Museum)

The Red Carpet Cinema and Cafe Bar

Quad, Derby

Magic Attic (in Sharpe's Pottery), Swadlincote

Conkers (in National Forest), Moira, Leics.

For any members who'd like to recommend an activities/events website, please email the link to:



2015 TALKS

18 February 2015: "North Staffords in WW1" by Major (Retd) Ted Green
About the talk: "The North Staffords in World War One" looks very briefly at the history of the Regiment, its composition in August 1914 and the rapid expansion at the outbreak of war. It will cover the following Divisions in the German Spring Offensive of 1918: 46th North Midland and 59th 2nd North Midland, as well as the Kitchener Battalions (7th, 8th, 9th). It's not possible in one hour to consider each of the 18 battalions from the Regiment involved with the war. Men from Burton will have served in all those battalions but there were particularly close links with the 46th and 59th Divisions through the local Territorial Force battalions: 1st/6th and 2nd/6th North Staffords. Background on Ted Green: Major (Retd) Ted Green was commissioned into The Staffordshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's) in 1967 and retired in 2002 after serving in many parts of the world. In the latter part of his service he was Regimental Secretary and Museum Curator/Director at Whittington Barracks, between Lichfield and Tamworth. After retirement he retained his involvement with the Museum, doing research and giving talks to groups throughout the West Midlands. He first visited the Western Front in 1966, for the 50th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme as a Sandhurst Officer Cadet, and has been lecturing on the First World War since 2006, the 90th anniversary of the same battle. He has toured the main Western Front battlefields from the period 1916-1918. In October 2014, Ted started a part-time 2-year MA in First World War studies at Wolverhampton University with Professor Gary Sheffield.

18 March 2015: "What Shall we Do – Yesterday?" by John Redfern
About the talk: A survey of leisure activities locally a century ago – 1900 - 1910. Reference is made to Burton Opera House, the Electric Theatre, Al Hambra in Station Street (now knocked down, but was the Staffordshire Knot pub), and the New Empire at Swadlincote; the advent of the movies, aviation, charabanc and train trips to the seaside, advent of aeroplanes, etc.

2014 TALKS

15 October 2014: "Malting and Malthouses in Burton upon Trent", a talk by Amber Patrick
About the talk: Burton upon Trent is known for its brewing industry. A prime ingredient of beer is malt - artificially germinated grain, usually barley. The buildings in which malt was produced are still a dominant feature of Burton's townscape. This talk will look at some of Burton's malthouses which were mainly but not exclusively brewery maltings. It will discuss the changes in the malting process and the effect this had on malthouses. Finally it will look briefly at the difficulties in re-using maltings when they are no longer used for making malt.

19 November 2014: "The Peels of Drayton Manor", a talk by Nigel Morris
About the talk: This talk explains the rise and fall of the Peel family, who lived at Drayton Manor, near Tamworth. The subtitle is "From fortune, fame to a common grave". It discusses how the Peels went from farming and mill-owning near Blackburn, Lancs. to Burton upon Trent and on to Drayton Manor; how Robert Peel, the politician, became as well known as he is, his family life and his political successes, and how his reputation amongst the working classes soared after his death. It then goes into the decline of the family, the destruction of Drayton Manor and the end of their direct line. This turbulent family story is illustrated with slides.