Having spent two weeks with the Derbyshire Record Office for work experience, I realised that archiving requires a surprisingly large amount of filing work! Watching programmes like "Who Do You Think You Are?" portrays a more simplistic view of local study offices where everything is prepared for the celebrity as soon as they arrive, with … Continue reading Will’s Work experience review
Now then... Stop me if you have heard this one before (and if you have, it may be because you recall a flurry of press activity in the late 1990s), but did you know that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle submitted a design for a bullet-proof vest to Field Marshal Haig during the First World War? … Continue reading Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Ferodo and the Bullet-Proof vest
Derbyshire Record Office have received the following communication and are pleased, as ever, to pass the word on: “The Friends of the Ecclesbourne Way need YOU!” Did you know that: Duffield was the headquarters of an extensive Royal Forest & that its traces can still be made out as we walk in our local countryside? … Continue reading The Friends of the Ecclesbourne Way need YOU!
Here's something which might just make your skin crawl... Part of the work of the Conservation team is to make sure our archive collections are not eaten by pests (like insects and rodents). To prevent incoming collections from bringing unwanted crawling visitors into our stores, all the new accessions taken in by the Record Office are put into quarantine, and … Continue reading What’s Eating Your Archives?