Arbella’s jewels… what’s listed in the inventory?

If you've been struggling with the handwriting in our 45th treasure, the list of Arbella Stuart's jewels, here's a transcription.  I whiled away a train journey by having a go at this. It's by no means perfect, so If you have any alternative suggestions for some of the words, do please leave a comment below. … Continue reading Arbella’s jewels… what’s listed in the inventory?

Treasure 45: Arbella Stuart’s inventory of jewels, 1608

This extraordinary document (D1897/1) is an inventory of her jewellery, which itemises the pieces given to her by ‘the Lord Cavendish’ (William Cavendish, 1st Earl of Devonshire). It dates from 1608 and is signed by Arbella herself. Arbella Stuart (1575-1615) was the grandaughter of Elizabeth, Countess of Shrewsbury (d 1608), also known as 'Bess of … Continue reading Treasure 45: Arbella Stuart’s inventory of jewels, 1608

Treasure 43: An early Rolls-Royce photograph

This Treasure comes from the Ogden family collection: Rolls-Royce began manufacturing motor cars in Derby from 1907. This photograph (D331/27/28), dates from the preceding year, and was taken outside the Cat and Fiddle pub near Buxton. Seated behind the wheel of the car with number plate AX205 is none other than Charles Stewart Rolls (1877-1910), … Continue reading Treasure 43: An early Rolls-Royce photograph

LGBT+ – Derbyshire’s “other stories”

Derbyshire LGBT+ is Derbyshire’s leading charity representing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities. An exhibition here at the Record Office marks the beginning of the charity’s HLF funded project to document the history of the LGBT+ community by highlighting “other stories” that have not previously been told. The project’s launch coincides with 50 years … Continue reading LGBT+ – Derbyshire’s “other stories”