As befits this spooky time of year a rather intriguing and potentially gruesome find was uncovered this week by a member of Derbyshire Family History Society. Whilst transcribing a burial register for the Parish of Smalley they came across this entry from December 1825 which records the burial of Allice Kerry from Heanor. Nothing out … Continue reading Gruesome goings on in Smalley churchyard?
Tales of enemy attacks, life in the trenches and thoughts of home, all feature as part of the Archives Aloud: Voices from the Front event being held at South Normanton Library on Wednesday 12th November 2014 between 2pm-3.30pm. This read aloud session features original letters, diaries and poems written by those serving on the front line during the … Continue reading Voices from the Front at South Normanton Library
DRO visitors will have seen our latest vitrine wall exhibition, A Sense of Place, focusing on the Local Studies Library's Local Authors collection. Inspired by a booklet published by former local studies librarian Ruth Gordon, we highlight Derbyshire-connected writers from Erasmus Darwin to Richmal Crompton to Stephen Booth, and the varied depictions in print of the Derbyshire … Continue reading A Sense of Place
Many of you may have been aware that this Tuesday (21 October) was Trafalgar Day. While working my way through the Harpur Crewe papers (not on the day itself, alas, but the one after) I happened to come across this item, which gives a slightly different version of events at the Battle of Trafalgar. I had … Continue reading Dramatic late news from the Battle of Trafalgar
Come along to this free lunch time talk and find out what is happening around the county to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. Hear about the Derbyshire Lives in the First World War project and take a look in our Story Box full of serving soldiers’ letters, diaries and photographs and other First … Continue reading Derbyshire Remembers for Explore Your Archive week
Recently we were visited by two ladies who were researching Edmund Potter & Co Calico Printers of Dinting Vale, Glossop. Edmund Potter & Co was once possibly the largest calico printworks in the world, and on checking our catalogues we discovered that we had an uncatalogued collection which no-one had been particularly aware of. The collection (D1589) was bequeathed to us … Continue reading Derbyshire’s Beatrix Potter connection
I have recently started work revising the catalogue of the records of the Harpur Crewe family of Calke Abbey. There is a lot of wonderful stuff in this wonderful collection, and I am hoping to give you a flavour of what is held every few weeks or so by selecting a document for you to … Continue reading Joys of the Harpur Crewe collection
Derbyshire Libraries is tweeting as a First World War Soldier, using extracts from diaries and letters held at Derbyshire Record Office. These archives have been given a new lease of life as the words of soldiers at the front line reach a new audience via social media and we can hear first-hand about events that … Continue reading Follow Derbyshire Soldiers on Twitter