County Architect collection now in the catalogue

We had a researcher round a few weeks ago who was mightily impressed with the strength and extent of our County Architect collection (D2200). It is a very useful collection if your research touches on public buildings in this county - it contains plans of libraries, police stations, fire stations, hospitals, care homes and so … Continue reading County Architect collection now in the catalogue

Florence Nightingale letters now online

I have just finished chatting to Andy Potter from BBC Radio Derby about these letters. Andy’s programme is on air from 1pm today, and my bit will be some time after 3.

Derbyshire Record Office

Derbyshire Record Office is among seven new contributors to the Florence Nightingale Digital Collaborative Database, a project run by the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University, Massachusetts.

We hold a small but very rich series of letters from Nightingale to a surgeon named Christopher Dunn, of Crich, on a wide variety of topics. The correspondence has been mentioned in past blog posts, and we are not averse to blowing the same trumpet now – especially as the new site lets you see the whole lot and even browse their contents by subject.  Just as an example: I have looked at these letters numerous times and never noticed that there are five references to a proposed coffee shop in Whatstandwell.  Here’s how to re-trace my steps, should you wish to dip your toe in the water:

  1. Go to www.bu.edu/florencenightingale
  2. Click “search the collaborative database”
  3. Under “choose a…

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Alison Uttley Book Collection

The variety of research that visitors to the Record Office are doing, and the questions they have are always fascinating, whether it's local or family history related. This week, one of the online enquiries we received generated childhood reading memories for a few of the staff. The question was whether we knew of any fictional accounts featuring the Cromford Canal.  The local Cromford author, Alison … Continue reading Alison Uttley Book Collection

50 years ago: this week’s Hit Parade, from the Derbyshire Times

A New Year, and a new resolution…to highlight the number of newspapers we hold on Microfilm in the Record Office. This week, we bring you our most popular, The Derbyshire Times, dated Friday 7th January 1966. In addition to the usual newsworthy stories (many, sadly, about road traffic accidents over the New Year period), there … Continue reading 50 years ago: this week’s Hit Parade, from the Derbyshire Times

Florence Nightingale letters now online

Derbyshire Record Office is among seven new contributors to the Florence Nightingale Digital Collaborative Database, a project run by the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University, Massachusetts. We hold a small but very rich series of letters from Nightingale to a surgeon named Christopher Dunn, of Crich, on a wide variety of topics. … Continue reading Florence Nightingale letters now online