Treasure 41: “Several Surgical Treatises” by Richard Wiseman (d.1676)

This treasure dates from 1676, the year of its author's death. You might imagine that a book on early modern surgery would be a bit gruesome.  You would be right. It is nominated by Local Studies Librarian, Sue Peach: "Gaze in fascinated horror at an account of medicine before the era of antibiotics and anaesthetics. … Continue reading Treasure 41: “Several Surgical Treatises” by Richard Wiseman (d.1676)

Treasure 39: Florence Nightingale’s letters to C B N Dunn

Florence Nightingale's letters to Crich surgeon C B N Dunn are a fascinating read, for their social history content as well as for the insights they can provide into the life of their author.  You can find out more about them in some of our previous blog posts.  In this example (D2546/ZZ/54), Nightingale tells Dunn … Continue reading Treasure 39: Florence Nightingale’s letters to C B N Dunn

Treasure 37: Poster for the Annual Athletic Festival, 1894

This treasure is a poster, advertising a sporting bonanza that took place on Matlock Cricket Ground on 15 September 1894. For sixpence you could have seen the ‘amateur gentlemen’ taking part in flat races, safety bicycle races and pony races. There was even an egg and spoon race – although that does seem to have … Continue reading Treasure 37: Poster for the Annual Athletic Festival, 1894

Tea and Trench Cake this Saturday at Chesterfield Library!

Join us for the launch of our new travelling exhibition about Derbyshire's First World War, which begins its county tour at Chesterfield Library this Saturday, 10 December, 12-2pm. Interactive history actors will be bringing to life real characters from the period and for children there will be a family trail they can follow around the library.  As a bonus, there will be … Continue reading Tea and Trench Cake this Saturday at Chesterfield Library!