Hullo! I'm here at Outwood Academy in Newbold for the annual family history fair run by the Chesterfield and District Family History Society - feel free to drop by if you are in the vicinity. Our stall is right next to m'colleagues from Chesterfield Library's renowned local studies section and opposite the equally-renowned Chesterfield Museum. … Continue reading Chesterfield and District Family History Society Fair
Curious people that we are, we do like to receive enquiries that test our research skills. We recently received another interesting research enquiry, on the subject of internship during the Second World War. The enquiry we had was regarding an employee of the John Smedley company based in Lea, near Cromford, originally from Vienna. We were asked whether we … Continue reading Aliens! Internees during the Second World War
We recently exchanged emails with someone who turns out to be the author of a new book, "Finding Thomas Dames". It sounds likely to interest anyone who has come across villainy in their family tree (or has hopes/fears of doing so). Find out more about the book on Lynne Morley's blog. Did you know we … Continue reading New book from a genealogist hunting a criminal ancestor
Previous posts about Bryan Donkin have included links to television programmes that give him a mention. Now Richard Donkin has let us know of a recent episode of BBC2's Inside The Factory, which includes a segment on the history of the tin can, and Donkin's role as an innovator in this field. If the BBC … Continue reading Bryan Donkin on the BBC (again)
If you're in Chesterfield tomorrow (Thursday 11 August), why not pop in to Chesterfield Museum and find out how to look after your old family letters and photographs? My Preserving your Past talk starts at 1.00pm and explains how our treasured possessions can get damaged and what you can do to ensure they'll survive for future … Continue reading Preserving Your Past at Chesterfield Museum on 11 August
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 our Local Studies collection to see what Derbyshire comedy connections I could find.
There are many comedy actors with close links to the county. Arthur Lowe, the pompous Captain Mainwaring in the classic comedy series Dad’s Army was born in the north of the county at Hayfield. Robert Lindsey, who I remember as ‘Wolfie’ in the 1970s comedy Citizen Smith was born and grew up in Ilkeston.
James Bolam, best known for roles in ‘The Likely Lads’ and ‘Only When I Laugh’ was educated at Derby’s Bemrose School. He moved to Derby as a 13 year…
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