Due to the success of the first event in March, we will be holding the Repairing the Past event again next Thursday, 18 September, from 2.00pm to 3.30pm. This is your chance to find out how we protect our collections from pests, mould and other dangers and includes a visit to the conservation studio to see how we repair damaged documents.
Visit to the conservation studio during the March session
Clare showing how we repair documents
You can also bring your own old photographs, books and documents for specific advice from the Conservation Team. There are only a few places left, so do get in touch soon if you’d like to come along.
You may have seen in the news that a team from Canada believe they have discovered one of the ships from the lost Franklin expedition – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-29131757
Franklin was one of the outstanding explorers of the early 19th century, but it was the Admiral’s tragic end that earned him iconic status. As a young midshipman, Franklin served at Trafalgar. He then commanded a frigate in the seas around Greece between 1830 and 1833. Four years later, in 1837 Franklin was appointed Governor of Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania), a post he held until 1843. His lasting reputation derives from his major expeditions to the Canadian Arctic in search of the North West Passage. He embarked on the third in May 1845. The last sighting of his ships was in July 1845. Relief expeditions were mounted, but by 1850 it was clear to everyone except his second wife Lady (Jane) Franklin (1792-1875) that the expedition was lost. She continued to raise funds to send out search parties until 1859 when proof was found of the deaths of Franklin and his party.
Derbyshire Record Office holds a good range of records relating to Franklin and his various expeditions, including papers relating to the many searches for the final expedition after 1845. The papers have come to the Record Office through Franklin’s daughter, Eleanor Isabella. Eleanor was the daughter of Franklin’s first wife Eleanor Anne Porden (died 1825), and the wife of Rev. John Philip Gell, of the Gell’s of Hopton Hall, near Wirksworth and Carsington.
D3311/112/2 Lady Franklin’s Final Search p1
D3311/112/2 Lady Franklin’s Final Search p2
D3311/219 Copies of Instructions to Captain Sir John Franklin in reference to the Arctic Expedition of 1845, 1848
D3311/95 ‘ Echo from the deep’ – Newspaper cutting from the Daily Express 14 Apr 1965 regarding discovery of Erebus or Terror – although it transpired that this was not one of the lost ships
Also in the collection;-
D3311/81 – An Account of a clairvoyant describing where to find Sir John Franklin and his ships, copied by E.J. Gell, 1849
D3311/51/1-4 Extract from Capt. Fitzjames’ letter to Mr Barrow regarding Sir John Franklin 1845; Extract from a letter from a Canadian missionary, Rev Father Tacke describing an expedition setting off to find Sir John Franklin’s 1845 expedition 1848
2 Notices of the expedition’s discovery and search 1849
The Local Studies Library at Derbyshire Record Office has recently acquired 17 old Hodgkinson’s Almanacks for Matlock, dating from between 1893 and 1944. Full of fascinating old advertisements and local information, and including some examples from both world wars.
Sue Peach, Local Studies Librarian
We are pleased to announce the 1918 Absent Voters Lists have now been cleaned and digitised! Here’s how we did it…
With the anniversary of the start of World War I upon us, like many heritage institutions around the country, the Conservation Team at Derbyshire Record Office have been working to preserve and conserve documents from the first world war era. Particular priority has been given to those documents which will be used the most by the public, and at the moment we have decided to work on electoral registers from the period 1914-1919. Continue reading
One hundred years ago today, Britain declared war on Germany and entered a conflict which would claim millions of lives and affect millions more.
To mark the centenary, we have an exhibition – The Last Summer – which you can come and view in the Record Office reception area until Saturday 27th September. Looking at Derbyshire people and places, pastimes and events during the summer of 1914, it documents our county during the last few months of peace.
The Broad Walk, Buxton, 1914
(Joseph) Arthur Hodgkiss of Baslow
This Thursday 7th August, we are also holding an event ‘Archives Aloud: Voices from the Front’ - using letters and diaries to bring to life the voices of those who served during the First World War.
Starting at 2pm, it is free to attend but you will need to book either by e-mail (email@example.com) or phone (01629 538347). You are welcome to bring your own family letters and stories to share with us too.
We like to bring you news of research discoveries as and when they happen; this discovery was made in our search room about two hours ago, by Matthew Pawelski. OK, actually, it’s not a discovery per se, having been published in various forms before (e.g. Lynn Willies’ article in the Bulletin of the Peak District Mines Historical Society). But let us not get bogged down in semantics. Instead, have a look at this extract from a 1737 reckoning book for the Miners Engine lead mine at Eyam Edge. The section shown is principally dedicated to recording payments made to individual “coppers”. Nothing to do with the police, and it’s usually spelled “copers”; it refers to the men who were extracting lead ore below ground. Above their names, you will spot a reference to “17 women’s wages”, coming to £6 16s. Assuming this was shared equally, that comes to 8s each, or 40p in new money).
Nearer the back of the same book, we can actually see the names of some of these women Continue reading
A number of people have indicated that they were be able to attend the talk on Wednesday 9th July but have expressed an interest in obtaining notes about it. I am hoping that I will be able to put an edited version of the talk on our website, possibly with images of some of the manorial records I have chosen. This is likely to be a much less rambling and more coherent account than the actual talk given, so people who weren’t able to make it will probably have the better of the bargain.
I will be writing it up properly over the next few weeks, and once it gets past the censors, it will hopefully appear some time next month. Watch this space, as they say.
Manorial Documents Register Project Officer for Derbyshire
It’s been 18 weeks since we installed the new version of our catalogue. That isn’t traditionally regarded as a significant anniversary, I know, but it’s probably long enough to allow for reflection on progress to date. We would love to hear your opinions. Is the new catalogue better than its predecessor? What do you like about it, and what would you like to see changed?
- Have you tried looking at some of the images that have been added to the catalogue?
(If not, now’s your chance – follow this link: http://calmview.derbyshire.gov.uk/calmview/overview.aspx?src=calmview.catalog&q=image:*)
- Do you like being able to read the lists that aren’t yet in the database?
(If you haven’t had the need to do so, please give it a try: http://calmview.derbyshire.gov.uk/calmview/overview.aspx?src=calmview.catalog&q=refno:*fk)
- What would you change if it was up to you?
Please let us know by any of the following channels:
- Replying to this blog post
- Filling in a comments form on your next visit
- Sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (subject line: FindersKeepers)
- Collaring me (Mark) or one of my colleagues to offer your opinion in person
I can’t promise to be able to make all the changes that are asked for, but I will reply to any comment that needs a response. There is every chance you will suggest something that is already in the pipeline – with a bit of time (that most precious commodity!) there are a lot of improvements to be made.
This week I went to the record office for my year 10 work experience. I had an excellent time as it was extremely interesting and informative, and I learnt a lot. During my placement I took part in a range of activities such as , working in the search room , finding documents in the stores , using the microfilms , spending time in picture the past , cataloguing documents , working in the computer room and local studies library and my favourite activity of the week , working in conservation for a morning. Also I got to experience reception as well, although it wasn’t exactly planned….
Amongst all of these activities I also studied some maps of Matlock, some were recent and some were from over one hundred years ago. From these maps I wrote down about what things are still here now and what things have gone and changed and also what new things have been built and on a whole how Matlock has changed. I studied ordnance survey maps from 1880 , 1899 , 1922 , 1967 , 1981 , 1986 and 2006 and found that my house was built somewhere between 1880 and 1899 as it was not on the 1880 map but it was on the 1899 map so must have been built during those 19 years. I also found out that Matlock has changed a lot over the years and especially between the maps 1899 and 1922, although that is 21 years but in that time there was a lot of progress as a lido was built and there was a town hall and post office and more houses so we can see that after the first world war Matlock started to develop more and began to become more populated. One of the main things I noticed when I was looking at the maps was that although some of the buildings were there and they were used they had their name changed overtime for example, Castle view primary school was once known as Matlock County Junior mixed and infant school in in 1967 but of course now is now as Castle view primary.
I really had a great time and feel as if I have gained some useful skills or enhanced the skills I already had. I also feel like I got a real insight into the type of work as I was dealing with real documents and was sorting them out, not only physically but also electronically on the computer.
It was a fantastic week, I thoroughly enjoyed it!!!
Written by Charlotte Davies, work experience student