If you're enjoying our updates and discoveries as part of the Discovering Franklin project, why not join Lien, our Senior Conservator, at the Record Office in Matlock on Thursday 7 March for a talk on the conservation and re-packaging work that's going on. The talk is from 10.30 till 12.00 and is free, but places … Continue reading Preserving Franklin talk
Eleanor Porden's Valentine poem, which was posted by my colleague Lien earlier today, in which Eleanor imagines herself as a young native American girl, does go somewhat beyond the usual ‘Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue’ school of poetry. It suggests a young woman deserted by a faithless lover: though “the Night of the Grave” closes in on … Continue reading Miss Green Stockings
A treat from our Franklin collection: the Valentine poem Eleanor Porden wrote in 1823 for her fiancé, John Franklin. We’re very lucky to have two versions – here’s the original draft: And here is the letter she sent him on 14 February 1823, with her handwriting 'disguised': The symbols on the letter (presumably purporting to … Continue reading Happy Valentine’s Day!
Are you a teacher, teaching assistant or group leader working with KS3, 4 and Post-16 students? Staff from the World Heritage Site invite you to take a learning tour with them on Friday 13th March 2019 - Free of charge, thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council funded Great Place Scheme. Visits and free … Continue reading Secondary and FE Learning Tours – Derwent Valley Mills
I’m recycling this image of Steve Bloomer’s school admission record (blog posts passim.), and throwing in a question: have you used our admission registers on Find My Past in your research? And do you think historians a century from now will have the same level of interest in us? Old-style admission registers like this are very … Continue reading The future history of the school admission register
Within the Franklin collection is a box of objects: precious mementos Lady Jane Franklin displayed in her house, reminders of the adventurous lives she and her husband, Sir John Franklin, had led. Included are two letters and small drawings, bundled together in a wrapper which says: Remains of Kalierua. This refers to Erasmus Augustine Kallihirua, also … Continue reading Kalli’s last letter