Derbyshire’s first County Archivist: Joan Sinar

We recently heard the sad news that Joan Sinar, Derbyshire's first county archivist, died in January.  She was 89 and had been living in Northern Ireland with her husband until her death. Joan Sinar first came to Derbyshire in 1962 and was responsible for setting up the Record Office.  She'd spent the previous ten years in Devon, where she established Devon … Continue reading Derbyshire’s first County Archivist: Joan Sinar

Treasure 17: The George Woodward cartoon collection

This treasure is a collection of nearly 500 prints and drawings by the artist George Murgatroyd Woodward (1765-1809). Brought up in Stanton by Dale, Derbyshire, Woodward's artistic talents were apparently evident at a young age, and according to his father 'he used to draw before he could speak plain'. The Woodward collection includes his earliest … Continue reading Treasure 17: The George Woodward cartoon collection

Mining the Archives Project – Conservation Update

I have now completed the bulk of the conservation work on  D248: Barmaster’s Lot and Cope account books, 1831-1870. Here are some of the repaired pages: It really has made such a difference to all those pages which were in many pieces, as they can now be handled safely. The final few pages we came across in this pack were … Continue reading Mining the Archives Project – Conservation Update

Treasure 16: a Soviet military map showing Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

It's easy to take maps for granted nowadays, when we can go online and quickly find an accurate map of any given spot on the planet.  This Soviet military map dates from an era in which knowledge of terrain was harder to come by, and of correspondingly greater strategic value.  It has been chosen by … Continue reading Treasure 16: a Soviet military map showing Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

Now available: our latest events programme

Our latest events programme is now out, giving details of what's on at Derbyshire Record Office from spring to autumn 2015, as well as events we are organising in other venues.  Highlights include: A session at Spondon Library which draws on original letters and diaries from the First World War A writing workshop with novelist … Continue reading Now available: our latest events programme

Treasure 6: A how-to guide to handwriting from 1571

This book, dating from 1571, was chosen by archivist Karen Millhouse, who writes: Palaeography, the study of ancient handwriting, is a skill which those who work in archives have to develop quite quickly!  This handwriting exercise book contains not only beautiful examples of script but also provides the opportunity for us to chart how styles … Continue reading Treasure 6: A how-to guide to handwriting from 1571