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)
This treasure (Q/RP/1/79) is a 1792 plan of canals around Derby, from Smithy Houses near Kilburn to the Erewash Canal at Sandiacre. It also shows the branches from Coxbench to Smalley Mill and from Derby to the Grand Trunk Canal at Swarkestone. There are dozens of canal plans and books of reference in the Quarter … Continue reading Treasure 40: a plan of Derby’s canals, 1792
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
Our home-based volunteer project, FindersKeepers, has finally reached its goal! That means that our entire stock of catalogue lists is available online. Or to put it another way, there are no remaining archive collections with catalogue lists that you can only check by looking at a paper copy in our searchroom. Credit for this achievement … Continue reading FindersKeepers 2009-2016: job done!
Since their introduction by Thomas Cromwell in 1538, parish registers have been used to record baptisms, marriages and burials across the country. They also provide a window on the past. In the case of this parish register, from the village of Eyam, it's a window looking in on the outbreak of plague which killed 260 … Continue reading Treasure 38: Eyam parish register 1630-1768
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
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!
If you're planning to surprise someone this Christmas by letting them adopt a piece of history from our collections, don't wait too long to place your order through our Adopt a Piece of History page. We guarantee delivery by 23 December for any order placed by Friday 16 December and for all orders from our list of … Continue reading That special Christmas present
When posting one of these updates, I normally say that it's not too late to join the FindersKeepers effort. But this time, I think it probably is! However, we are always going to need to improve the quality of our catalogue, so when devising a follow-up project I will do my level best to think … Continue reading FindersKeepers: the end in sight!