Treasure 8: the Gresley processional map

This 'Procession Way' plan of the Seale Estate (D77/8/10) dates from the 16th or possibly early 17th century and is from the papers of the Gresley family of Drakelow.  Centred on the area of Potter's Wood, with Netherseale to the south, Rosliston to the north, Lullington to the west, and Seale Grange to the south-west. It … Continue reading Treasure 8: the Gresley processional map

Merry Christmas from the Harpur Crewes

               Among the records of the Harpur Crewe collection are a couple of Victorian scrap albums of Christmas cards collected by or for children of the family. One belonged to Richard Fynderne Harpur Crewe (called Dickie) in the 1880s and the other to his sister Frances in the 1890s.I have gathered together a number of … Continue reading Merry Christmas from the Harpur Crewes

Treasure 7: the Pleasley burial register, 1813-1893

This register (D739/A/PI/5/1) records all the burials in the parish of St Michael, Pleasley, from April 1813 to January 1893. Pleasley is one of the ancient parishes of Derbyshire, lying in the north-east of the county on the border with Nottinghamshire (Pleasley Hill is actually part of Nottinghamshire). It originally consisted of the townships of … Continue reading Treasure 7: the Pleasley burial register, 1813-1893

Derbyshire During the civil war and the involvement of Sir John Gell

The civil war of 1642 – 1653 was as close to a social revolution as Britain ever came. It granted us the gift of a Parliamentary Government and moderated Monarchy that we still enjoy today. Indeed, the brief Republic of Oliver Cromwell was revolutionary, happening years before the famous French and Russian revolutions. For many … Continue reading Derbyshire During the civil war and the involvement of Sir John Gell

New Perspectives on the Derbyshire Lead Industry – the next session

Thanks to everyone who made the first lead industry seminar go so well last month.  I found it invigorating to encounter so much enthusiasm, experience and subject knowledge.  Much of the session was devoted to introductions and admin, but we took the opportunity to hear from Lien and Clare about the Mining the Archives project, which is … Continue reading New Perspectives on the Derbyshire Lead Industry – the next session

Treasure 5: volume of criminal portraits

This treasure is part of the Derbyshire Constabulary collection (the full list for the collection can be downloaded from our catalogue). It shows photographs of people who had been apprehended by the police, taken shortly after their arrest. The photographs alone contain masses of social history. The volume was chosen as a treasure by Elissa, a longstanding … Continue reading Treasure 5: volume of criminal portraits

Conservation of Doveridge Enclosure Plan

One of my projects this week has been repairing the parliamentary enclosure plan of Doveridge, from 1791 (Q/RI 36) which was in a rather sorry state. The map had originally been flat, but then subsequently folded up, which had eventually caused it to split in two. It had then been rolled up for storage, causing even more damage and splitting along the folds. I've … Continue reading Conservation of Doveridge Enclosure Plan