Developing an archive service for Derbyshire

In April 1962, Miss Joan Sinar was appointed as the first County Archivist for Derbyshire. In the 55 years since this landmark was reached, whilst much has changed at the Record Office the basic principle of preserving Derbyshire's archival heritage and providing access to it has remained constant. However, 1962 may not have been the … Continue reading Developing an archive service for Derbyshire

Miss Elizabeth Appleton – an independent Regency woman

Those of you who followed William Porden’s travels in France in 1816 will remember Miss Elizabeth Appleton, who was so very seasick on the channel crossing. This intrepid young woman, befriended by the Pordens, was journeying to the Continent alone, and appeared to be a seasoned traveller. The friendship continued after their return to Britain, and … Continue reading Miss Elizabeth Appleton – an independent Regency woman

Reflection on the Car Boot Sale – an unedited stream of consciousness story by Maria

The Amazing Pop Up Archives' Storyteller Maria Whatton reflects on when we 'popped up' at the car boot sale on the Swadlincote/Measham border.   How beautiful the world is at 5 a.m. on a Sunday summer morning. So quiet. Warm. Light. The pit of my stomach churns at the early rise. Porridge at 5.15 a.m. … Continue reading Reflection on the Car Boot Sale – an unedited stream of consciousness story by Maria