I've been busy working away on the mining the archives project and thought I would give a quick update on what's been happening to that volume we found all the lead deposits in... The 18th Century account book of Robert Thornhill (D307/B/19/1) has now been dismantled and cleaned. The cleaning process was very delicate as … Continue reading Mining the Archives Project – Conservation Update
To help promote our weekend visit to Calke Abbey for Heritage Open Days, Neil Bettridge, project archivist for the Harpur Crewe cataloguing project, and I went on BBC Radio Derby to chat with Andy Potter about the event. Andy was really taken with the material we had out to show him, which was just a small selection … Continue reading Archives at the Abbey – an update
The Friends of Manor Lodge and Sheffield Cathedral will be hosting an event to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of Lady Arbella Stuart, granddaughter of Bess of Hardwick . This evening of history, drama and music will be held at Sheffield Cathedral on Friday 25th September at 7.15pm. Tickets prices, £12/£10 concessions (60+) and are … Continue reading Arbella’s anniversary
To celebrate this year’s Heritage Open Day specially selected items from the Harpur-Crewe family archive, held at the record office, will return home to Calke Abbey. Visitors to the National Trust property can view original records of those who lived and worked at Calke. We are taking a fascinating selection of records with us, including … Continue reading Archives at the Abbey
Chesterfield & District Family History Society are holding a family and local history and craft fair at Outwood Academy in Newbold, Chesterfield, this coming Saturday from 10am-4pm. Staff from the record office will be there to provide information about our collections and to give advice on tracing your Derbyshire ancestors. We'll also be giving a talk … Continue reading Chesterfield & District Family History Fair – we’ll be there!
As a county Derbyshire has a long tradition with the lead mining industry and to celebrate this we have teamed up with The National Coal Mining Museum for England (NCM) to bring the exhibition The Craft of the Miner to the record office. The exhibition centres on the book De Re Metallica, written by Gregorius Agricola, an eminent … Continue reading Agricola’s masterpiece at the record office
In the summer of 1826 Sir George Crewe, 8th Baronet, and his wife, Lady Jane Crewe, took an extended trip in North Wales. While visiting the town of Conway (or Conwy, to be more accurate linguistically), they took in the parish church there. Although they thought there was little worthy of attention in it, Lady … Continue reading Believe It or Not?