Whilst researching for our forthcoming 'Have bike, will travel' exhibition, I came across a reference to an 'audio disc' featuring a song by 'PC & the Pedal Crankers' which turned out to be a 7inch single featuring the songs 'Ride Your Bicycle' and 'The Bike Ride Song.' The only information we have is that it … Continue reading PC & the Pedal Crankers ‘flying the flag for Great British Cycling’
This treasure is nominated by two former members of staff, who have prepared the text used in this post. Firstly, let's hear from Glynn, officer for the Derbyshire Lives Through the First World War project: I am nominating these diaries, not just because they have relevance to my role with the First World War, but … Continue reading Treasure 32: the wartime diaries of Maria Gyte
Here's a selection of news and events from this week in 1986 as featured in the Derbyshire Times: It was election time in West Derbyshire and the candidates were: Bill Moore- Labour Patrick McLoughlin - Conservative Robert Goodall - Independent Christopher Sidwell - Rainbow Alliance (Loony Crocodile Tears) Mr Sidwell was from Coventry, but had set … Continue reading 30 Years ago this week in the Derbyshire Times
Buxton Museum and Art Gallery has loaned its portrait of Sir Richard Arkwright to Cromford Mills Visitor Gateway for five years.
Moving the likeness of the father of the industrial revolution is no minor feat. They don’t make them like they used to; the gilded frame is made from solid wood. A team of six people was needed to shift this 2.4 x 1.5m oil painting (and one to photograph them doing it).
Large in both stature and portrayal, Arkwight has returned to Cromford, where he established one of his revolutionary water-powered cotton mills in 1771. Not to be confused with Joseph Wright’s painting, this version is attributed to John Holland in around 1790. Gifted to Buxton Museum in 2010 by English Sewing Thread Ltd. in Belper, Derbyshire, the portrait has been an interesting challenge to store and display.
Freed from the shadows of Buxton Museum’s stores, visitors to Cromford…
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This treasure was nominated by Library Assistant Emma Webster, who writes: I came across a book when I was looking for information about highwaymen, called ‘Annals of Crime in the Midland Circuit’ or ‘Biographies of Noted Criminals in the Counties of Nottingham, Derby, Leicester and Lincoln’. While the title doesn’t sound that exciting, it is … Continue reading Treasure 31: Annals of Crime in the Midland Circuit
Our colleague and friend Sue wrote this post about a year ago when the restoration of the Flying Scotsman had been in the news, with a statue of its designer Sir Herbert Nigel Gresley unveiled at Kings Cross Station. At the time, Sue recalled that Sir Nigel was brought up in Netherseal, the 4th son of Rev Nigel Gresley rector of … Continue reading Flying Scotsman Designer
Slightly earlier start than usual, but very pleased to be at Lea Green Development Centre on such a beautiful day to celebrate and promote all Derbyshire has to over for learning outside the classroom opportunities including the education offer from us at DRO.
Our colleagues at the University of Warwick's Modern Records Centre have been busy. They have completed the digitisation of over 450 documents on the General Strike of May 1926, including TUC reports, bulletins issued by strike committees, and transcripts of BBC radio broadcasts. A lot of the documents have particular local content, which you can … Continue reading Find 1926 General Strike documents on Warwick University’s map
This treasure was nominated by our erstwhile colleague Mark Higginson, who has recently left Picture the Past to become manager of the museum and visitor centre at Belper North Mill. We wish him all the best in his new role. Mark writes: A recent addition to Picture the Past has been a collection of prints … Continue reading Treasure 30: The photographs of Frank H Brindley
To find out more about the project, see the FindersKeepers page on this blog.