Dronfield Heritage Trust have just sent us an email about Dronfield Hall Barn's forthcoming events, including a talk at the Peel Centre tomorrow (Thursday 30 Sep) about archaeological excavations at Tinsley. If that sounds like your bag, do follow the link embedded mid-way through the previous sentence to find out more!
Learn the art of palaeography, the reading of old handwriting, at Derbyshire Record Office. Using archives from the record office’s collections, these five practical sessions, designed for beginners, will introduce the skills needed to read old hand writing from 16th to 18th centuries. You will learn how to read different types of handwriting, including the … Continue reading Learn how to read old handwriting with our new palaeography course
On Sunday 20th September Becky and I attended the Buxton U3A Family History Conference at The Palace Hotel in Buxton. Over 200 budding family historians attended the event. We were just one of many exhibitors, being joined by family history societies from neighbouring counties. We were particularly interested to see so many 'out of county' people there, those who lived … Continue reading A day out at the Palace (Hotel)
Hello everyone. I have just this minute updated the catalogue with copies of the absent voters list for the parliamentary constituency of Ilkeston in 1918. The names you can find inside are those of people who were still enrolled in the armed forces at the end of the war. You can find all three absent voters … Continue reading Absent voters list for Ilkeston in 1918 now online
This treasure has been nominated by Maureen Greenland, on behalf of the Bryan Donkin Archive Trust, of which she is Secretary. Maureen writes: The many letters, diaries and records held in the Donkin Collection (D1851) throw light on both the personal and the working life of the brilliant engineer Bryan Donkin. Born in 1768, he … Continue reading Treasure 29: Bryan Donkin’s day book
Have you ever wondered where your ancestors went to school? If so, now might be a good time to emit a chirrup of joy, because Derbyshire's contribution has been added to the ever-growing mass of information in the National School Admission Registers and Log-books dataset on http://www.findmypast.co.uk. I had a tinker with it a few … Continue reading School admission records now online – including the mighty Steve Bloomer!
Back in May I mentioned that we were looking for preservation volunteers to help us clean and package the Calke Abbey archive – I’m happy to report that we now have two very dedicated volunteers who come in every Thursday afternoon. Linda recently retired and was looking for a volunteering opportunity that would suit … Continue reading Preservation volunteers are go!
Derbyshire Record Office will shortly be starting a two year project to catalogue the archive of a major local trade union. If you're interested in trade unions and/or women workers, then head to the Nottingham Mechanics Institute on Saturday 3 October at 2pm for what looks like a fascinating talk. And watch this space for more news … Continue reading Women Workers and the Trade Unions
Ever wondered what the archive and local studies staff get up to at Derbyshire Record Office but can't make it over to Matlock to find out?.....Then pop along to Chesterfield Museum this Thursday for our talk Introduction to the Record Office. I'll be there to talk about the work we do at the record office, … Continue reading Introducing the record office at Chesterfield Museum
I just thought I would re-blog this post from June. We would still like to hear any suggestions you may have for Treasures 29 through to 50!
We are half-way through our tour through Derbyshire Record Office’s 50 Treasures, which we started publicising in 2012, to mark our fiftieth anniversary. Treasures 24 and 25 have been selected by a former staff member and a researcher respectively, and we would like to take this opportunity to appeal for suggestions from other people who either use Derbyshire Record Office (in person or from afar) or used to work here. Is there any document in our local studies or archives collections that particularly stands out for you? The item you choose could be a “treasure” because of something intrinsic to the document itself – its appearance, its content, the themes it covers; or it could be precious to you because of your experience of it – something that would be invisible to others, perhaps some startling discovery that you made with it. Or perhaps you are the person/organisation that gave us your nominate…
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