MAGIC-MYSTERY-MINIATURE-MARVELLOUS!

The House of Wonders: The Randolph Douglas Collection Discover the world of Randolph Douglas, escapologist, engineer, skilled miniaturist, model maker and extensive collector. Douglas was a talented performer of “self-liberating” illusions and became a friend of contemporary escapologist Harry Houdini during the early part of the 20th century. Douglas established The House of Wonders museum … Continue reading MAGIC-MYSTERY-MINIATURE-MARVELLOUS!

Treasure 2: 19th century papers about slavery

The title on the spine of this volume (our reference D3155/WH/2939) is Confidential Papers on the West India Question.  It's a hefty thing, as you can see from the video below, in which I show point out just four examples of the contents.  There are another two in the same collection. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bN-yUeDEkD0 Those three volumes form … Continue reading Treasure 2: 19th century papers about slavery

That 2039 rule in UK copyright law: a recent example (Or – What a 19th Century Feminist Looks Like)

We have been working with some new volunteer cataloguing assistants in the past few days.  One of them, Roger, listed what turned out to be a fascinating and eclectic assemblage of 18th to 20th century documents which were transferred here from Derby Local Studies Library in 2001.  Among them is a short essay by one Joseph Shepherd, entitled … Continue reading That 2039 rule in UK copyright law: a recent example (Or – What a 19th Century Feminist Looks Like)

Mining the Archives Project – Conservation of Lead Mining records

You may have heard that we recently received funding from the National Manuscripts Conservation Trust to conserve some of the rare and important lead mining documents we have in our collections. The lead mining history of Derbyshire is unique - its roots run deep into our local cultural heritage, and its legacy is still visible today in the landscape and traditions of … Continue reading Mining the Archives Project – Conservation of Lead Mining records

Campaign to free our history – reform copyright

Help the Campaign to provide greater access to important historical works through copyright law reform. Everyone who cares about our history, everyone who cares about telling our collective story without restrictions, please read on. At the moment, display cases in the National Library of Scotland, the Imperial War Museum, and the University of Leeds sit … Continue reading Campaign to free our history – reform copyright

Preservation – Edmund Potter & Co. Shirt

  A few weeks ago we blogged about the Beatrix Potter connection with our collection of archives from her grandfather's printing company, Edmund Potter & Co, Calico Printers of Dinting Vale, Glossop (D1589). The collection contains some beautiful original pattern books, and also a rather amazing shirt which we think dates from around 1883. The … Continue reading Preservation – Edmund Potter & Co. Shirt