Last few days of exhibition

Don’t miss out on your last chance to our current exhibition “The Attic Chest“. The online exhibition features early 19th century poems and general whimsy, edited by protofeminist Eleanor Anne Porden, and her father. View it at


Give an hour: family history online

Two of our archivists “give an hour” as part of a BBC campaign to inspire people to go online, showing just how much you can find out online about your family history. The results were aired on BBC Radio Derby’s breakfast show on Friday, and you can listen again at, starting at 36 minutes, 18 seconds

Dramatic accident at Kilburn, 1830

Here’s a recent (?re-)discovery from the burial register for Holbrook.  The minister, William Leeke, made a marginal note relating to William Shaw, who was buried on 5 Sep 1830, aged 15.  It reads: “Killed with three others in descending Kilburne Pit on the morning of the 3rd.  Two other boys, Kilburne lads, were wonderfully preserved from death, by their legs becoming fixed in the machinery, and they were suspended with their heads downwards for two hours and more.  Their names are Charles Hailley and Henry Hickenbottom”.

Hall Leys Park Commemorative Display

A new commemorative display produced in association with Picture the Past, is soon to begin travelling around Matlock. The display celebrates the centenary of Hall Leys Park in the town, and will be on display in our new premises from 3 October, before travelling to Matlock Library in November, then on to County Hall Local Studies Library in December. The display will also be making an appearance at the Matlock Farmer’s Market, Imperial Rooms