Many of us have our own little (or even quite large) archive at home: letters, photographs, diaries and other treasures that remind us where we've come from and bring us close to loved ones who aren't around anymore. If you'd like to find out how best to care for these unique family heirlooms, do come along to … Continue reading Free talk: Preserving Your Past
One of our listing volunteers, Roger, has been working through some unlisted family/estate papers this morning, and came across this: Most readers will recognise LDV as standing form Local Defence Volunteers, usually known as the Home Guard. In fact, this blank form was not saved because of its Home Guard connection, but because it bears … Continue reading Imagine having to fill this form in…
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
As promised here are some photographs of our day at the Chesterfield 750 celebration which took place last Sunday. Staff from the record office were there as members of the fictitious Guild of Record Keepers and were joined by colleagues from Chesterfield Library, who formed the Guild of Books and Reading. We certainly won the prize for … Continue reading Record Office goes medieval….an update
Starting to do family history can seem a daunting task! Although there is now lots of information online with the help of websites such as Ancestry and Find My Past there are also numerous books which are a fantastic, tangible source of information and knowledge. These are excellent in providing a background of the type of sources you might … Continue reading Finding your feet with Family History
This treasure is nominated by Emma, who writes: Brian Robinson's book Memories of Tin Town: Life in the Navvy Village of Birchinlee and its people contains some amazing photos of life in this (now non-existent) village. The village was built by the Derwent Valley Water Board for the workers who built the Derwent and Horden dams between … Continue reading Treasure 33: Memories of Tin Town (2005)
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
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/
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 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.
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
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