A few weeks ago, we finished blogging about Derbyshire Record Office's "50 Treasures" series of documents, specially selected to illustrate the depth and variety of our archives and local studies material. It's a project that began back in 2012, as the record office celebrated its 50th anniversary. All 50 posts can be found by searching … Continue reading 50 Treasures – an easier way to explore
Last month, Derbyshire Record Office was delighted to accept the donation of five rather extraordinary albums of photographs and news-cuttings (D8089) assembled by Alan Turner (1902-1965). Turner was Managing Director of the Ernest Turner group, which included the Spa Lane Mills in Derby. However, the principal focus of the collection is not textile production, but … Continue reading The Alan Turner Opera Company’s eye-catching archives
This is not my title, but the title given by Daniel Parker Coke to one of the cases he provided legal advice for over 200 years ago. Of the 40 or so cases he records in this particular notebook (one of five in our collection), there are several being similar to each other (for example, several relating … Continue reading A Question of Seduction
Last week was a time of goodbyes for us at the Record Office. You may have seen my previous blog about the retirement of Local Studies Librarian Sue Peach, but we also had to say farewell under much sadder circumstances to another friend and colleague, Sue Hulse. After a brave fight, Sue died on … Continue reading Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
This past week saw us say a fond farewell to Sue Peach, Local Studies Librarian here at the Record Office. With a career in libraries stretching over 40 years Sue has now said goodbye to spend more time with her family, friends and to enjoy the hobbies she loves - walking and bell ringing to … Continue reading A fond farewell….
A few months ago, we carried out a survey about reducing our opening hours. We asked which day our customers would prefer us to close: Monday, Wednesday or Friday. The results have now been analysed and Derbyshire County Council's Cabinet have agreed the changes. There was a clear preference for Mondays, so we will be closing … Continue reading Changes to our opening hours
An exhibition marking the seventieth anniversary of the nationalisation of the coal industry opened this month at the National Coal Mining Museum for England. ‘By the People, For the People’, which runs until December 2017, explores the events that led to the creation of the National Coal Board (NCB) and raising of its flag at … Continue reading ‘By the People, For the People’: the seventieth anniversary of nationalisation
This is a bit of fun – and a promising start for the new blog from Hampshire Archives and Local Studies
Letter writing is seen as a dying art in the twenty first century as most people now phone, text, tweet, facebook or email. Before all of these inventions, letter writing was the main form of communication, particularly among ladies of the upper classes who were well educated and had plenty of time to write to their often copious relatives and friends. Young ladies in particular often enjoyed combining their drawing skills with that of writing a letter, as can be seen in the example below, which also resulted in an enjoyable puzzle for the recipient to resolve.
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