Now that Wimbledon is well under way, here's a sprinkling of Derbyshire tennis-themed items from our collections for those hoping the covers keep off the courts of SW19. Amongst many other tennis images on Picture the Past, I spotted this photo of the Goodall family of Ockbrook c.1896 (ref: DCER 001172). The chap at top left is … Continue reading Rain Stops Play?
We now know for sure what the mystery document is, that turned up unexpectedly at Buxton Pavilion Gardens. (See https://recordoffice.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/what-does-this-document-say-how-did-it-end-up-in-buxton/). It's the birth certificate of a very well-travelled missionary (http://en.messianicjudaismwiki.com/wiki/Jonas_Theodor_Meyer). Archivist Juliane Galle, based in Dublin (and who is, I should add, available for freelance work), responded to our request for an explanation of the … Continue reading A mystery solved…
Last week the conservation team held a whole day Preservation Workshop for representatives of various heritage groups, teaching them how to clean and package their archive material. The day was a big success and we received some lovely comments, like Both trainers were fantastic, presented very well and a pleasure to come to their training session. … Continue reading Preservation Workshop
We are used to dealing with "mystery documents" in our outreach work - but that's where we invite people to examine a document and take a guess at the what/where/when/who/how of it. This one is a genuine mystery. The original is not in our collections - it was recently uncovered at the Pavilion Gardens in … Continue reading What does this document say? How did it end up in Buxton?
For those of you who haven't seen the recently refurbished Record Office housing the county's local studies and archives collections, take a look at what you're missing at http://www.flickr.com/photos/derbyshirecc/
Here is a fascinating article about Bryan Donkin and the invention of the tin can: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21689069 If you are interested in the journals mentioned, you might like to know that the reference number for the series is D5029/1.