Celebrate the life of George Stephenson in Chesterfield

The George Stephenson re-enactor with one of our museum team at last years event

An event in Chesterfield with a George Stephenson re-enactor will allow visitors to learn more about his life and celebrate his local connections.

Chesterfield Museum and Holy Trinity Church have partnered together again to deliver this free event on Saturday 17 June from 10am to 4pm.

Holy Trinity Church is George Stephenson’s final resting place and you’ll be able to see his memorial and the stunning stained-glass window commissioned by his son Robert. There will be fun for all the family with talks, children’s activities, and the chance to explore objects such as a model of the famous rocket and a replica cucumber straightener. There will be handling objects and Victorian costumes to try. Refreshments and other activities will also be available.

Councillor Kate Sarvent, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for town centres and visitor economy, said: “After partnering successfully with the church last year to host this event, I’m delighted that we are able to work with them again to help local people learn more about Stephenson and his time in Chesterfield. This is a fantastic event for the whole family to come along and enjoy.”

Reverend Jill Hancock of Holy Trinity Church said: “It’s great to be working with Chesterfield Museum to help local people connect with our town’s heritage. This is a wonderful opportunity to talk about George Stephenson and show both his final resting place and the incredible stained-glass window that was commissioned in his honour. I hope lots of people come along because there will be activities for the whole family to enjoy.”

The event is free to enter with donations being given to Chesterfield Foodbank.

First published on 07 June 2023 Last updated on 07 June 2023