The latest exhibition on display at the record office throws light on some of the most important people in life of Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin, each with their own fascinating story. There are his two wives, the poetic Eleanor, who died tragically young, and the formidable Jane, Lady Franklin, one of the celebrities of … Continue reading Exhibition: Franklin’s People
Our project archivist discovered a letter in our Franklin Collection which he realised must have been one of the last ones Sir John Franklin ever wrote. It is dated 6 July 1845 and was written on Whale Fish Island: Franklin and his expedition were last seen by Europeans only a few weeks later, on 26 July, … Continue reading The – almost – last letter written by Sir John Franklin
The 2019 Derbyshire Heritage Awards took place last Friday (3 May) at the impressive (but rather chilly!) Barrow Hill Roundhouse. The Record Office was delighted to win the Reaching New Audiences award for the Amazing Pop Up Archives Project. This Heritage Lottery Funded project was devised and led by archivist Karen Millhouse, working with a group of young people, … Continue reading The Amazing, Award Winning, Pop Up Archives Project!