Saying Hello

My name is Frances Lund and I've been volunteering at Derbyshire Record Office for the last two weeks now, although it feels like longer than that! I'm actually a qualified archivist and am developing my skills whilst looking for my next employment opportunity which is why I'm volunteering. The task I've been working on so far is an … Continue reading Saying Hello

Treasure 22: Servants’ Wages book, Derby Royal Infirmary

This treasure is chosen by David Jenkins, who used to be one of the archivists, but now works as Derbyshire County Council's Corporate Records Manager.  He writes: I have chosen a Servants’ Wages book from the Derby Royal Infirmary which details the wages paid at the Infirmary from 1828 to 1855. The Infirmary was built by … Continue reading Treasure 22: Servants’ Wages book, Derby Royal Infirmary

Treasure 21: Maude Verney’s sketch of Pleasley

This treasure, from collection D6326, is to be found in a sketch book kept by Maude Verney around one hundred years ago.  It was chosen by Becky, one of the archivists. The artist was the wife of Frederick Verney (1846-1913), Member of Parliament for Buckingham.  The Verneys were benefactors of the area, and related to the … Continue reading Treasure 21: Maude Verney’s sketch of Pleasley

Quarter Sessions indexes and transcripts now online

Before the formation of Derbyshire County Council in 1889, many of the things that we now regard as local authority functions were the preserve of the County Quarter Sessions. That's why, from the very moment of its creation, the new authority already had such a wealth of historic quarter sessions records. It also benefited from … Continue reading Quarter Sessions indexes and transcripts now online

Treasure 20: The Sheffield Clarion Rambers Guides

Here's another treasure from the Local Studies collection at Derbyshire Record Office: some of the handbooks for walkers published by the Sheffield Clarion Ramblers. The driving force behind the group was George H B Ward (1876-1957), a Labour Party politician and activist. You can read more about him on the Kinder Trespass website. The books … Continue reading Treasure 20: The Sheffield Clarion Rambers Guides

My Wonderful Life Exhibition

          Using traditional Japanese folding techniques and beautiful textured papers, members of the Winster and Elton Luncheon Club worked on a project with artist Jane Wells of Junction Arts to create their own book. Decorated with lino print boarders the books are filled with photographs and recollections about key moments and memorable events in each … Continue reading My Wonderful Life Exhibition

Derby Local Studies and Family History Library re-opens

Here's some great news for people who live and work in Derby: Derby Local Studies and Family History Library is being officially opened this Friday, 15 May 2015. The Local Studies Library will be opened at 10.30am by the Leader of Derby City Council, Cllr Ranjit Banwait, in its new home at Riverside Chambers in Full Street, Derby.  … Continue reading Derby Local Studies and Family History Library re-opens