Unfortunately, the County Council is experiencing problems with our email system, and we are unable to access incoming emails at the present time (although we do have short periods where we are able to read and respond). The problems have been ongoing for a few days now and during this period a significant backlog has built up. … Continue reading Contacting us via email
Another of the events we have been running in support of this year's Summer Reading Challenge asks children to use old photographs, birth and marriage certificates, and other family history clues to help put the families' stories back together following a small crash in which everything gets jumbled. These are some of the photographs from Long Eaton and Eckington where … Continue reading Breaking News! Family histories jumbled in crash
Last Wednesday I visited Melbourne Library and worked with some very knowledgeable local families to create pop-up theatre's showing how the village had changed over the last hundred years or so. Here are the wonderful creations I would especially like to thank Picture the Past who provided the photographs for the children to use during the … Continue reading My Melbourne: a century of my village
Since my last post, I have been to the libraries at Newbold, Creswell, Melbourne, Long Eaton, Dronfield and Eckington, and as at Glossop and New Mills at the beginning of the month, all th children have come up with some fantastic models of Wingfield Manor (some to fit this year's Creepy House theme). Here are … Continue reading More photos from this year’s Wingfield Manor Reading Challenge events
It is probably not uppermost in the thoughts of East End crime lords (real or fictional) that their use of the word 'manor' can evoke a real sense of a part of our history that goes back almost a thousand years. They actually started using the word to ape their adversaries, the police (as opposed to each other), … Continue reading Not on My Manor!
Join Dr Mike Lancaster of Derby & District Astronomical Society for this facinating talk, as he explores the life of John Flamsteed, the first Astronomer Royal, and his contribution to the Enlightenment; notably his fight to produce the Atlas Coelestis, a copy of which is in the county at Derby Museums and Art Gallery.
This week we have delivered the first of our 13 kids activity sessions as part of this year's Summer Reading Challenge. In line with this year's theme, Creepy House, the typically enthusiastic children and just as enthusiastic parents in New Mills and Glossop created some fantastic and eery models of Wingfield Manor. All sessions are … Continue reading Creepy House: creative models of Wingfield Manor
This advertisement comes from a voluntary organisation that is just getting itself established. As ever, we are happy to spread the word... Discover this viewpoint from where you can see more than a thousand years of Wirksworth’s History Several disparate groups including the Ramblers’ Association have come together to promote a waymarked, leafleted walking route. … Continue reading More from The Friends of the Ecclesbourne Way: Wirksworth meeting