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?
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
This Friday, 27th January, marks Holocaust Memorial Day. The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) is the charity, established by the Government, which promotes and supports HMD in the UK. HMDT encourages and inspires individuals and organisations across the UK to play their part in learning lessons from the past and creating a safer, better future. … Continue reading Learning lessons from the past
Have you seen us in the latest issue of Who do you think you are? magazine? There's a whole Derbyshire feature with a special focus on the family history resources available at the Record Office, plus a directory of other local services and online resources for Derbyshire family history If you have a Derby or Derbyshire library … Continue reading We’re featured!
The Derbyshire Lives Through the First World War project here at the Derbyshire Record Office is coming to a close. But to create a lasting legacy of the wonderful activities that have gone on around the county to commemorate the centenary of the First World War we have created a touring exhibition that over the … Continue reading Oh what a lovely website!
Anyone who has had to look after a garden will appreciate the amount of work and dedication involved in maintaining the grounds of stately homes, such as Calke Abbey. This garden book (D2375/E/G/4) dates from 1811, and it lists what each gardener was up to on each day and how much they were getting paid … Continue reading Treasure 44: the Calke Abbey Garden Book
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
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”
This document (D1575/13/18) was chosen by Matthew, who is a Record Assistant at Derbyshire Record Office. Matthew says “it always reminds me of the old dog licences, which makes me smile but also feel slightly uncomfortable at the same time”. Employers needed to have licences like this one to prove they had paid the male servant … Continue reading Treasure 42: a licence to employ a servant, 1878
After all those weeks of planning, shopping, card writing and frantic present wrapping Christmas and the New Year celebrations are once again behind us. Now we go back to our everyday lives, hoping that the winter weather isn't going to be too unkind and looking forward to those first signs of spring. To give us … Continue reading Armchair travel