In March 2011 a small group of people set up a Heritage tester day alongside a church fund raising event and was overwhelmed by the interest and offers of photographs and information. In October 2011, a small Heritage Day was held in the Village Hall, by the Somercotes History group and the event was extremely successful, an extensive amount of information and photographs were gathered.
In June 2012, Somercotes Local History Society was formed with its own constitution. It was agreed to hold the first official Heritage Day together with ten other local heritage and history groups to promote our History Society working with others to promote the importance of researching and recording our past. The event was so successful with over 300 people attending, good media coverage and following a request to write a book about the local history of Somercotes; the group decided to put together a Heritage Lottery Bid.
Somercotes Local History Society were successful with their Heritage Lottery application in September 2013 and received £27.7k for a focused research project titled "Somercotes – An Industrial Corridor through a Community".
The project will focus on the industrial history of the Parish of Somercotes from 1800 to the present day, that will include Pye Bridge (including the former Ironworks), Lower Somercotes, Lower Birchwood, Somercotes, Cotes Park and the surrounding areas of industrial development. The project will involve opportunities for IT training including photo-shop and producing DVD’s, talks on local industrial subjects and associated topics, culminating in the production of an 80 page booklet and Interpretation Boards sited in strategic places around the village. A Heritage Day is to be held annually.
The project is open to all who want to become involved and everyone is welcome to participate in providing information, photographs, documents or recording old memories, so they are not lost and can be enjoyed by future generations. Any material received will be returned.