This coming Friday, 1st July sees the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme. The first day of which is acknowledged as the most devastating day in British army history, with nearly 60,000 British casualties on that day alone. By the end of the battle, which raged until November 1916, over 1 … Continue reading “Almost like a dream”…
If you visit us at the Record Office you will see that we have a range of products for sale. As well as offering a variety of local publications, we also have a range of unique Record Office merchandise. These go from note books and mugs, to tea towels and bags all with specially chosen images on them … Continue reading Calling all shopaholics..
If you happened to be in Matlock this lunchtime, you may have noticed a bit of an event going on! If you weren't there, and were wondering what all the fuss was about i.e. cyclists, spectators, sirens, police motorbikes and cheering schoolchildren, it was the Women's Tour - a professional women's cycling race, which had a whole … Continue reading Scaling the Matlock Mountain!
As the archivist responsible for outreach at the record office I am lucky enough to attend many events - the Weather Stories event which was held at our office in Matlock yesterday was a particularly fascinating one, and one which I, and all who attended, thoroughly enjoyed. Weather Stories was an event celebrating the project 'Weather … Continue reading Extreme weather – extremely fascinating!
FindersKeepers depends on the help of home-based volunteers to process archive lists so they can be put into our catalogue. To find out more about the project, see the FindersKeepers page on this blog.
It is fair to say that the British have a something of an obsession with the weather. Yet the weather has arguably become an even more popular talking point in recent months as storms, gales and widespread flooding have wrought destruction across northern and southwest England, parts of Scotland and Wales, and as the stories … Continue reading Raining cats and dogs and other stories
A post from Bernadette, currently on a work placement at the Record Office As part of my work experience at the Record Office, I recently carried out a transcription of a meeting from Minute Book of the Belper Union Meeting of Guardians. Here is a summary of what I discovered as an example of a … Continue reading On this day… Belper Union Meeting of Guardians 10th June 1916
The record office recently signed up to become a designated Safe Place within the county. Not sure what a Safe Place is? Then I'll explain... The Derbyshire Safe Place Scheme is a voluntary scheme for organisations and businesses who wish to join a network of designated safe places throughout the county. The scheme is run by Derbyshire … Continue reading The record office – a Safe Place to be
I have already mentioned medieval Dronfield Hall Barn in a previous post, which opened in April as a Cultural Centre in the town. We recently added their publication “A History of Dronfield in a Quilt” to our collection. At the time this project was proposed, April 2014, work began on designing and making a quilt … Continue reading All in a Quilt…..
In 2015 Dronfield Heritage Trust published 2 of the last books by the late David Hey, who lived in Dronfield Woodhouse from 1974, and was a trustee of Dronfield Hall Barn project. He had been actively involved in the local history of the area for many years. We have recently added them to our collection. … Continue reading Dronfield History