Currently on display in our Local Studies library is a varied selection of newly acquired books, ranging from Heritage Walks, to an amazing story about a 'ghost runner' to a history of Burton breweries! A full list and details are below: Edwin Smith: A Life in Derbyshire Cricket by Steve Dolman Edwin Smith played for Derbyshire in three … Continue reading Books – from Breweries to Mountain Biking
Derbyshire Record Office is saddened to hear of the death of David Hey, a historian of great significance for our county and much further afield. David was known for his methodical approach to research and for producing truly readable scholarly writing, and he provided encouragement and guidance for those taking their first steps in local history. He was … Continue reading David Hey (1938-2016)
It has Valentine's Day, Chinese New Year & Shrove Tuesday, to name a few events, but February is also LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) History Month. It aims to promote equality and diversity by making LGBT stories more visible to the public, and campaigning for greater awareness through education. It is always a challenge to find positive accounts about the LGBT experience in history, as so … Continue reading February is LGBT History Month!
I have lately been enjoying a Radio 4 series called The Gambler, featuring my old friend Tim FitzHigham. Tim is, or was, a Wirksworth man, and has a penchant for risking life and limb in the pursuit of absurd undertakings, of the will-he-won’t-he variety. His world record for the longest journey in a paper boat … Continue reading Some Derbyshire Gamblers
One of the key professional responsibilities of the archivist is to decide which records to select for permanent preservation and which to dispose of. In fact, you could argue that the role of the archivist is not one of preservation but of “destruction” (though I’m not sure we would quite argue that). Here at Derbyshire Record … Continue reading To keep or not to keep – that is the question
Improvised bookmarks - we all do it, don't we? I have several dozen nice, presentable bookmarks knocking around the house, yet somehow end up with a well-worn train ticket stuck between the pages of whatever novel I have stashed in my work bag. In this case, we have a 9 of diamonds - a 17th-century … Continue reading 9 of diamonds discovered in court book
A new exhibition has been installed in the vitrine wall in our reception area – if you are in the area or planning a visit, why not stop by and have a look? The items being displayed are all from our 50 Treasures series. (There’s still time to nominate your favourite document from our archives … Continue reading New exhibition: 50 Treasures, part 3
This is the second article I have re-blogged today! But why not? I’m sure I won’t be the only one to be fascinated by Celia’s piece about Scottish traders
Back in 2011 and 2012, I posted three articles about ‘Scotch Chapmen’ who settled in the 17th century lace centre of Newport Pagnell, Bucks. Despite knowing that these merchants and dealers travelled throughout England, it came as a surprise to find in an 1872 Trade Directory for my adopted town of Chesterfield this list of Travelling Drapers (grouped separately from Drapers who were clearly non-travelling):
BELL James, 30 Spencer Street
BROWN David, Lordsmill Street
FINDLEY David, 23 & 25 St Mary’s Gate
McKAY Benjamin, 13 Holywell Street
McLACHLAN Hugh, 19 Knifesmithgate
McNAE William, 77 Saltergate
MILLIGAN George, 11 Eyre Street
MULLARKY James, 66 Soresby Street
My immediate thought: those are all Scottish names! Yesterday, I looked for them in the Chesterfield 1871 and 1881 census and found vindication – every one in the list except James MULLARKY was born in Scotland (and he was born in Ireland). I even…
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As I was re-shelving some books in Local Studies, a front cover caught my eye, due to its colourful artwork and images. Well, I couldn't help myself, and once I had opened the first few pages, I couldn't stop reading (even though it was well past closing time!) The images belong to a book titled 'Common … Continue reading A Sense of Place in Young People’s Poetry
For your interest… Here’s a review, largely positive, of the newly-revamped Nottinghamshire Archives.
Last week I made my first visit to the revamped Nottinghamshire Archives. Finished last spring with new storage added they took the opportunity to refurbish the public areas.
As you can see they are now bright and airy and everything has been moved around. The reception desk is still the first thing you see when you walk in, the lockers (although now disguised as a wall with images on each locker), loos and break area are still in the same place but the Library area now contains the card indexes, microfilms and paper catalogues in its own discrete area.
The Library area
This is a good idea but I do have a few moans about it. I really liked the old card indexes in their wooden drawers which could be removed so that you could sit down at a table and not have to write and stand at a weird…
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