In preparation for the History of You craft activities we are holding across the county over the school holidays, Henrietta, age 5 and Rebecca, age 8 have enthusiastically tested our craft materials and made their own family trees and crests "My family tree" Henrietta, age 5 "My coat of arms", Rebecca, age 8 Rebecca … Continue reading History of You
As part of this year's Summer Reading Challenge the record office is delivering craft and creative writing sessions for children at libraries throughout Derbyshire. History of You Get hands on and create your own family tree or design your very own family crest. Bring along photographs of you and your family to place on your … Continue reading Forthcoming Summer Reading Challenge Events
With the Olympic football tournament having already kicked off around Britain, we look back at Derby’s gold medal-winning goalkeeper from the first time London hosted the Games. Horace Peter Bailey was born in Derby on 3rd July 1881 to Peter Bailey, an iron and brass moulder/iron foundry foreman, and his wife Sarah. By 1891 the … Continue reading Derby Olympian: Horace Bailey (1881-1960)
...a visual journal mapping my Residency with the Derbyshire Record Office over the next one and a half years. My role is to work alongside the staff to 'design' the interior and create artworks for the public facing side of the new Service building, Wyvern House.
Our artist in residence, Paula Moss, has been working with staff and focus groups to help re-shape our new building in a creative and insipiring way... and she's been blogging about her experiences!
Check out her Blog 'Cataloguing Change'
From the Derby Mercury, 23rd July 1851: THE DERBY POLICE FORCE - The members of this force have received leave of absence, in detachments, for a week to visit the Great Exhibition, and the Watch Committee has presented 1l. to each man, from the police fund. The first detachment, consisting of Sergeant Hill and seven men, … Continue reading On This Day: ‘Local News’
From the Derbyshire Times, 18th July 1885: A SWINDLER AT MATLOCK During the past few days a man giving the name of Thomas Fletcher, having also a number of aliases has been busily engaged imposing on the charitably disposed, in the neighbourhood of Matlock. The fellow who wore clerical attire, visited Mr. Slack butcher, and represented … Continue reading On This Day: ‘A Swindler at Matlock’
We have just received a single volume containing Derby Canal Company minutes from the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. As you can see from these pictures, they start with the inaugural "General Assembly" in 1793, and end with the 150th such assembly in 1940. Just for good measure, we have included shots of the meetings held 100 … Continue reading One book, three centuries: Derby Canal Company minutes arrive
How about this for a wacky name? Rev Wild Forest was the vicar at Doveridge in the mid 19th century and we have a number of documents to his name here at the record office