A busy week for getting out and about

The record office has had a busy week, getting out and about and sharing our collections with the people of Derbyshire.

Last Saturday we attended the Bolsover Family History Day, held at the library, and organised by Bolsover Civic Society.  Around 450 people came along to browse numerous stalls.  Stall holders included the record office, of course, Chesterfield Local Studies Library and Picture the Past.

We had a great day; it was so enjoyable to chat to people from a community so interested in their local history.  I took along some original records from our collection relating to Bolsover, including a school admission register from 1909 and an electoral register from 1937 – I was delighted that so many people found relatives when looking through them.

“It was worth coming just for this!” – a lady who found reference to her father in the school register.


Last night I attended a special event at Derbyshire County Council headquarters, County Hall, in Matlock.  The event was to celebrate and promote the BSL [British Sign Language] Charter.

The BSL Charter’s aim is to ensure that Deaf people who use Sign Language have better access to Public Services. Under the Equality Act 2010 they have a duty to ensure that public services meet all equality needs.

The Charter aims to support these organisations to reduce discrimination either direct or indirect. Empower Deaf people to have the confidence to access public services.   For public services to become aware of BSL – British Sign Language, what it is and understand how to support Deaf people.  Also for Deaf children to have a good standard of Education.

Derbyshire County Council signed up to the Charter in 2014.

Keen as ever to take our material out into the community, I took along, amongst other items, documents relating to the Midland Deaf and Dumb Institution (now The Royal School for the Deaf), which was originally located in Friar Gate, Derby (collection ref: D4873), as well as information on the record office and our services.

It was another great event and our records went down a storm.  It will certainly mean a visit to the record office by representatives of some of the organisations present and will hopefully inspire organisations, community groups and clubs to deposit their records with us, ensuring that all the wonderful work happening throughout the Deaf community in Derbyshire is saved for future generations.


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