Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage site are offering a free event designed to help budding Derwent Valley researchers get started. Got a history question about your family, your house , your community? Discover how and what to research in and around the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. This event will help you understand what information … Continue reading Searching for answers – the Derwent Valley Research weekend
For this World Theatre Day, two images from our Woodward Collection showing the famous 18th century actress Sarah Siddons at the height of her success. Here she is in 1782 as Euphrasia from the play The Grecian Daughter, by Arthur Murphy: And here in her most famous role of Lady Macbeth, which she first performed … Continue reading Sarah Siddons, star of the stage
Going through the box of objects in our Franklin Archive, I’ve come across a piece of lace, sewn on to a pink piece of fabric. There is a dried flower sewn on to both as well. In very neat writing it claims to be a Piece of hangings of the Princess of Wales boudoir, St … Continue reading Royal Wedding lace
...this time for World Poetry Day (today!) The Moth Poor little Moth, how low thou'rt laid ! Would, thou hadst never thoughtless play'd Round yon seducing light, And flutter'd in its magic beam Like one enchanted in a dream Or vision of the night Chosen from an early 19th C collection of poems, prose and … Continue reading A poem…
Lady Jane Franklin kept a museum display in her house with all kinds of mementos of her travels; some of these have come to us as part of the Franklin archive, which is how we've ended up with two pieces of mummy cloth from Thebes in our collection. Both are neatly labelled, presumably by Lady … Continue reading Mummy cloth?!
Lady Jane Franklin has been described as “probably the most travelled woman of her time” by her biographer Alison Alexander. Saying anybody is the “most” anything is fraught with danger, as there is always the possibility that some alternative, better qualified candidate appears. It is wise, therefore, to add the word “probably” to such a … Continue reading Lady Jane Franklin; an International Woman
...a book about Arctic Explorers! 'The Icy North' by Henry Harbour c.1904 contains biographies of Sir John Franklin and Fridtjof Nansen. It was part of a series published by Collins' Clear Type Press, which included biographies of 'the Lives of Men and Women who have achieved fame by the services they have rendered to their … Continue reading For World Book Day…
A little treat for Pancake Day, which apparently fell on Valentine Day in 1809: Eleanor Porden was sent an actual pancake as a Valentine gift, along with this accompanying note. Eleanor would have been fourteen at the time - what more could a teenager wish for!
There are still a few places left for our Preserving Franklin talk in Matlock next Thursday, where I'll explain the various ways in which the documents have been repaired. You'll also be able to handle some of the repaired letters, as well as some of Lady Jane Franklin's precious mementos. Book a free place … Continue reading Preserving Franklin reminder