Local researcher launches new book

Popular local historian, and Local Studies and Record Office regular, Keith Taylor launches his new book today; “The Matlocks and District in the Second World War – a diary of events in Matlock, Matlock Bath and district 1935-1955.” The book takes a nostalgic look at life in war-time Matlock and Matlock Bath, and was researched at our very own … Continue reading Local researcher launches new book

Discovery Days Festival – Preserving Old Photographs and Documents

This Autumn the Record Office will be taking part in the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site 'Discovery Days'. Our Conservation team will be running two drop in sessions during the festival: Tuesday 30th Oct at Belper Library and Thursday 1st November at Wirksworth Library.  All welcome - no need to book - just come along, 9.30am-1.00pm, and find out … Continue reading Discovery Days Festival – Preserving Old Photographs and Documents

On This Day: ‘District News’

From the Derby Mercury, 12th October 1881: DISTRICT NEWS CHESTERFIELD Chesterfield was on Saturday night, for the first time, illuminated by the electric light.  The experimental operations proved very successful; and as the Corporation are hopelessly in conflict with the local gas company, it is probable that the electric light will be a permanent institution … Continue reading On This Day: ‘District News’

On This Day: ‘Death of a Distinguished Derbyshire Woman’

From the Derby Mercury, 4th October 1893: Death of a Distinguished Derbyshire Woman The death is announced from New York of Mrs. Mary Monroe, on the 15th September, in her 98th year.  Born in Derbyshire, England, February 1, 1795, she early in life developed a passion for travel, and was counted at the time of … Continue reading On This Day: ‘Death of a Distinguished Derbyshire Woman’