Searching for answers – the Derwent Valley Research weekend

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

Lady Jane Franklin; an International Woman

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

Pancake 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!