Last week we were delighted to welcome the volunteers from the Home for Good project to the record office for one of our Introduction to the Record Office sessions.
The volunteers came to find out about the work of the record office, the services we offer, the collections we hold and how to access them, and how we can support their work and help make their project a success.
Home for Good is a project at Derbyshire Law Centre supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund. It explores the history and heritage of social housing in North Eastern Derbyshire through oral history, photographs, written accounts, documents and objects contributed by local people.
While here the volunteers found out about our collections relating to workhouses and alms houses. Following a talk on our work, and a tour of the public areas of our building, the volunteers were given time to look through a selection of archives and local studies material, which included admission registers for Chesterfield Workhouse.
The material really resonated with the group, especially when reading the circumstances which caused people to enter the workhouse, some for a short time, some never leaving.
There will be a final exhibition at Chesterfield Museum in the spring of 2016 before the material is deposited with us.
The session was enjoyed by all and we look forward being able to support the group in their research.
You can find out more about the Home for Good project on their website