From Maskreys to Coalmining Ancestors via Poetry

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When replacing the items people have borrowed in our Local Studies Library, I’m always amazed at the variety of items people have used for research, leisure or both!  Above are just some examples from this week.  It’s really reassuring to know that all these resources are available and especially that there are lots of local history societies still thriving.

The items this week ranged from the parish registers on microfilm, memorial inscriptions, journals, newsletters, reports, poetry books, novels and books old and new. However obscure your interest, you can search for it using our card catalogue index, or just ask us – you may be surprised what we have in our collections!

My personal favourite has to be ‘The Journal of The Inn Sign Society‘ – the Derbyshire connection is that not only does it feature Derbyshire inn signs, but the Chairman is based in Heanor. It features some beautifully painted artistic signs, from all over the UK and the world.

What’s the most interesting or memorable item you’ve used in our Local Studies Library? Let us know!


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