Treasure 34: the autobiography and poems of Leonard Wheatcroft of Ashover

Leonard Wheatcroft of Ashover (1627-1707) is described in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography as "an exceptionally prolific author".  His works were largely unknown until the 1890s, when extracts were published in the Journal of the Derbyshire Archaeological and Natural History Society. The publication of his autobiography in A Seventeeth-Century Scarsdale Miscellany by the Derbyshire Record … Continue reading Treasure 34: the autobiography and poems of Leonard Wheatcroft of Ashover

1266 and all that – the record office goes medieval

This Sunday (15th May) a large, medieval-style event is coming to the town centre of Chesterfield to commemorate the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Chesterfield. There will be plenty of free entertainment for the whole family to enjoy including an arena and medieval craft area in New Square, along with music, dancing and games and a … Continue reading 1266 and all that – the record office goes medieval

A cartoon to mark the transit of Mercury across the sun

The original YouTube link didn’t work, so I have replaced it with a pleasingly local alternative, provided by the Malcolm Parry Observatory at the Long Eaton School. They have a WordPress blog of their own, https://mpole2011.wordpress.com/

Derbyshire Record Office

For all those people who have been asking whether there is an appropriate George Woodward sketch to mark the transit of Mercury: Yes, indeed there is:

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The cartoon (ref: D5459/1/93/24) shows the French astronomer Jérôme Lalande (1732-1807) telling Napoleon Buonaparte that he has discovered an island in the moon.  Napoleon’s response – that he has already despatched a king to take possession of it – refers to the latter’s policy of turning family members into kings.

The celestial whatnot will begin not long after midday today.  Looking up at the sun won’t work – and obviously you are too smart for that anyway – but if you are reading this before it happens, you  can follow a broadcast of the event by clicking the Play button below.  Or you can find out more about the whole shooting-match courtesy of the NASA website.

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A cartoon to mark the transit of Mercury across the sun

For all those people who have been asking whether there is an appropriate George Woodward sketch to mark the transit of Mercury: Yes, indeed there is: The cartoon (ref: D5459/1/93/24) shows the French astronomer Jérôme Lalande (1732-1807) telling Napoleon Buonaparte that he has discovered an island in the moon.  Napoleon's response - that he has … Continue reading A cartoon to mark the transit of Mercury across the sun

Have bike, will travel – a splendid celebration of cycling

Thursday 5th May saw the start of our latest 'What's in the Wall?' exhibitions.  Running (or should I say pedalling?) until the 30th July, 'Have bike, will travel' is a comprehensive collection of items from our Local Studies and Archives, ranging from the late 19th century to the present day. Many of the photographs are courtesy … Continue reading Have bike, will travel – a splendid celebration of cycling