Lost Cause?

Happy St Simon & Jude's Day! (28th October). Saint Jude is also known as "Jude the Obscure", and is known as the patron saint of lost causes, a last resort as it were. Here at Derbyshire Record Office we can't absolutely guarantee to find that lost ancestor or the last tantalising piece of a genealogical … Continue reading Lost Cause?

Mining the Archives Project – Talk

As part of the Mining the Archives Project, I will be giving a talk at Derbyshire Record Office on Friday 30th October 10.30am-12.00noon, all about the conservation work I have done on the project so far. If you would like to find out more about exactly how I've conserved and preserved these fantastic historical documents, and also see them … Continue reading Mining the Archives Project – Talk

Explore Your Archive: Poet Jane Weir talks design inspiration

For this year’s Explore Your Archive week we are delighted to welcome poet and designer Jane Weir to the record office. Jane will be here to talk about working with the archive of the modernist textile designers, handblock printers and dyers, Phyllis Barron and Dorothy Larcher, who were commercially successful during the inter war years. … Continue reading Explore Your Archive: Poet Jane Weir talks design inspiration

Jane Eyre and her Derbyshire connections

A quick look on the internet to see what happened on this day in history tells me that Charlotte Bronte's novel Jane Eyre was first published in London in 1847.  The novel was written after a visit Charlotte made to North Lees Hall in Derbyshire, which then became her inspiration for Thornbridge Hall, home of Mr Rochester. … Continue reading Jane Eyre and her Derbyshire connections