Some of the diverse subjects that have been researched in the Local Studies card catalogue this week include air wrecks, monetary equivalents, the surname 'Lomas' and Florence Nightingale. In particular though, this week, burial locations have been a frequent feature of research requests, so we thought this subject was well past its expiration date (if you'll forgive the … Continue reading Digging up information about Burial Locations
There was a great turn-out at Chesterfield for the launch of Maureen Greenland and Russ Day's new book, "Bryan Donkin: The Very Civil Engineer, 1768-1855". The town is rightly proud of the company that Donkin created, and the legacy of technological innovation that it leaves us. There was a slide show, the screening of a … Continue reading Bryan Donkin book launched
Don't miss out on attending our course on how to read old handwriting (the skill known as palaeography). There are still a few places remaining, so simply click on the Events page of the blog and follow the link to the Palaeography course where you will find more information. Make sure you check the Events … Continue reading Palaeography course – last few places remaining!
Each month Derbyshire Libraries run a special promotion and for the month of August the theme is 'Laugh out loud'. The world news just lately has been a little grim to say the least and I'm sure we could all do with something to put a smile on our faces, so I thought I'd investigate … Continue reading Laugh out loud
Hi, I'm Hannah and I've been lucky enough to have spent the last two weeks at Derbyshire Record Office on work experience. I already had a brief understanding of what goes on at the Record Office as my mum is one of the librarians, but I had no idea exactly what goes on behind the … Continue reading Weird and Wonderful Derbyshire
I'm just finishing our submission for the Behind the Scenes category of the Derbyshire Heritage Awards 2016 (our Mining the Archives project, which you may have read about in other posts). These annual awards are organised by the Derbyshire Museums and Heritage Forum, to celebrate all the excellent work that goes on in the heritage sector in … Continue reading Derbyshire Heritage Awards
We are very sorry to say that we have had to cancel our Summer Opening Evening scheduled for this evening. This cancellation is due to unforeseen circumstances and were sincerely apologise to anyone hoping to attend. We do hope to hold similar events in the future so do keep an eye on our events brochure. … Continue reading Summer Open Evening cancelled
As you may know we are constantly adding "new" material to our collections (some of it new, i.e. recent, especially in local studies, and some of it much older). It is rare to go more than 3 or 4 days without accessioning new material, this was a little exceptional though with 7 new and additional … Continue reading A busy week with some interesting finds
To find out more about the project, see the FindersKeepers page on this blog.
We're often asked for images, illustrations and photographs for a variety of reasons: house or building history, planning and model making are just a few. So we thought it might be useful to list a few sources of useful information about how to access images, both online and in our collections. Firstly, with a title including … Continue reading Picturing the Past in Photos, Postcards and Illustrations