Our new manager

We are pleased to announce that Sarah Chubb (currently Borough Archivist at Sandwell, West Midlands) will be starting work as Archives and Local Studies Manager for Derbyshire County Council in August.  This role replaces those of County Archivist and County Local Studies Librarian.

Record Office extension project and Local Studies relocation

Pending planning permission to extend and refurbish our current site on New Street, the Record Office will be closing for three weeks between 12 and 30 September 2011. During this time the service will move to alternative premises (site to be confirmed) where we will re-open on Monday 3 October. The works will continue for … Continue reading Record Office extension project and Local Studies relocation

Probate Registers – free to a good home!

We no longer need our set of probate registers, covering 1901 to 1935.  The volumes are mostly in good condition, but as the information in them is now available online, we no longer need them.  Anyone who wants them should contact record.office@derbyshire.gov.uk.  And anyone who wants to use the online versions without paying for an … Continue reading Probate Registers – free to a good home!

James Watt Jr. writes to William Strutt about successfully lobbying parliament, 1809

[2018: images removed to free up space for new posts. For copies, see DVD/508] D5303/45: London, 13 June 1809 Dear Sir We have just terminated a successful opposition in the House of Commons to an attempt of a set of speculators in this city, styling themselves first the National Light and Heat Company and more recently … Continue reading James Watt Jr. writes to William Strutt about successfully lobbying parliament, 1809

James Ledekin’s description of the Bahamas

[2018: images from the "Thank You For Your Letter" project have been deleted to make space for new posts.  The images have been retained within Derbyshire County Council's internal records system so that we may re-use them in the future.] D37 M/H 20/14: Beaumont, Long Island, Bahamas Mr Holland, Sir I make no doubt yow … Continue reading James Ledekin’s description of the Bahamas

Smedley, Duesbury and the football

[2018: images from the "Thank You For Your Letter" project have been deleted to make space for new posts.  The images have been retained within Derbyshire County Council's internal records system so that we may re-use them in the future.] D6808/3/1: St Andrew’s Middle Class School, Derby, April 14th, 1882 [Pupils who fell foul of … Continue reading Smedley, Duesbury and the football

Byron embraces Gally Knight, rejects fame

[2018: images from the "Thank You For Your Letter" project have been deleted to make space for new posts.  The images have been retained within Derbyshire County Council's internal records system so that we may re-use them in the future.] D239 M/F 16302: April 4th 1815 Dear Knight I have read “Alashtar” with attention and … Continue reading Byron embraces Gally Knight, rejects fame