Treasure 15: An account of a Clairvoyant regarding Sir John Franklin’s lost Arctic expedition

This letter (D3311/81/1) dates from 1849 and comes from the Franklin family papers held here. These include letters, diaries and poems of Eleanor Anne Franklin (nee Porden), letters and journals of William Porden, letters and other papers of Sir John Franklin and Lady Jane Franklin, as well as letters of Eleanor Isabella Gell (nee Franklin).  There … Continue reading Treasure 15: An account of a Clairvoyant regarding Sir John Franklin’s lost Arctic expedition

Re-discovered: a late eighteenth-century lead-miner’s diary

You may have seen earlier posts highlighting how useful it is to have volunteers, and how useful it is to have a PhD student working with our lead-mining records.  Well, here's a post that combines the two. Last week, our volunteer Mavis examined and briefly described a collection, D3017, which had remained unlisted since we … Continue reading Re-discovered: a late eighteenth-century lead-miner’s diary

Treasure 14: the John R Biggs collection

This treasure (collection reference D3562) was nominated by our erstwhile Artist in Residence, Paula Moss.  She writes: John R Biggs (1909-1988) was a distinguished wood engraver, typographer, graphic designer and writer, born in Derby, who early in his career established a much admired private printing press.  The archive, from which this book and printing blocks … Continue reading Treasure 14: the John R Biggs collection

Lost, found, returned: the wedding ring of Flt Sgt John Thompson of Matlock

We don't usually share links to news stories unless they have a direct connection to our archives and local studies holdings - but this is an exception, because of the obvious local and historical interest.  John Thompson was a pilot, from Matlock, who lost his life on a secret mission to Albania during World War II.  After … Continue reading Lost, found, returned: the wedding ring of Flt Sgt John Thompson of Matlock

Treasure 13: Dyche family photograph album

Our thirteenth treasure is a photograph album belonging to the Dyche family of Borrowash (D2395/1), chosen by Ellie, a student from a local school who was part of our focus group during the extension and refurbishment project. John and Elizabeth Dyche settled in Borrowash in 1792.  They had four children, one of whom, John, was the … Continue reading Treasure 13: Dyche family photograph album