Archives of change

We are still closed to the public, so here’s a flavour of what’s going on around the Derbyshire Record Office site at New Street.

Starting with something sad, but necessary: a large tree being taken down in the car park:

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Next, an unusual site at any archive repository: empty shelving.  The records have largely been relocated within the building.  As for this room, even the shelves will be gone by the end of the day, and by the time we re-open, the room will be filled with local studies material.

A search room with no searchers:

Where shelves once groaned under the weight of catalogues, now this:

And this is where we used to keep the Strutt and Melland Libraries (see posts passim)

Finally, a rediscovery.  Most (all?) of the staff here believed this to be a table, but it turns out to be a map chest, containing annotated Ordnance Survey sheets.  A new home has been found for them, away from the dust, danger and hullaballoo of a soon-to-be building site.

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