Ilkeston map

We have recently received a copy of Henry Fletcher’s 1598 map of the manor of Ilkeston.  If you would like to see it, why not contact us (01629 538347 or and we can get it out for you.  Ask for document D7431/1.

Digital display

On your next visit to Derbyshire Record Office, look out for our dazzling new digital display screen in our searchroom. The screen tells you when the next document ordering time is, and also advertises special events and the dates of our Saturday opening.

New accession of educational records

Two new accessions that might interest anyone into educational history: the minutes of the Marston Montgomery School Board from 1888 to 1903, and the Sudbury District Education Committee from 1918 to 1923. School Boards were abolished after legislative changes in 1902, and the County Council decided to disband the Sudbury committee in 1923, so each volume covers the terminal phase of the body’s history. They are public records but had found their way into private hands, as sometimes happens. Happily, the historically-minded person who came across them donated them to us, so they are back in the public domain. They are yet to be catalogued but will have references D7413 and D7414.

Sports Day photographs

We already have a substantial collection relating to St James Church of England School in Derby (collection D6560). This has been augmented in the past few days by a display board showing photographs of the annual sports day in 1924: tug o’ war, the sack race and all the rest. Some conservation work is required, but we should at least have a scanned copy available for use in the search room in the next few weeks – and if you can’t wait that long, give us a ring (01629 538347) and we can get it out specially for you!

Cruel and unusual parents?

Another donation from the Derbyshire Family History Society: Ann Bertha Cecilia Diana Emily Fanny Gertrude Hypatia Inez Jane Kate Louise Maud Nora Ophelia Quince Rebecca Starkey Teresa Ulysis Venus Winifred Xenophen Yetty Zeus, daughter of Arthur and Sarah Jane Pepper of West Derby, Lancashire, born December 1882. The only letter of the alphabet not represented as a forename is P, which instead is represented in the surname