Chesterfield and District Family History Society Fair

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

Aliens! Internees during the Second World War

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

Preserving Your Past at Chesterfield Museum on 11 August

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

Laugh out loud

Derbyshire Record Office

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.Arthur LoweRobert Lindsay

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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