If you're in Buxton this afternoon and need to shelter from the heat of the day, why not join our friends at Buxton Museum for their free family event, making carnival masks and hats inspired by ancient creatures! 1-4pm at Buxton Museum via The Lost Beasts of Buxton
Within the collection of objects that we've called 'Lady Jane's Museum' there are three beautiful fans which may have belonged to Lady Jane Franklin or to the Gell family from Hopton Hall. According to an expert at The Fan Museum in Greenwich, the oldest one dates from the seventeenth century: In the earlier part of … Continue reading Three fans
I've just cleaned and repaired this amazing map of the Arctic; it's from an 1848 printed copy of the instructions Sir John Franklin was given for his expedition. This is the repaired map:
I don't know how many of our followers are in London, or within striking distance thereof - but this sounds like a very stimulating event. The London School of Economics is staging a free performance tomorrow, Wed 26 June 2019, at 6.30pm, viz., a one-woman show entitled 'The Hard Way': the story of campaigner Hannah Mitchell … Continue reading “The Hard Way” The story of Hannah Mitchell by Louise Jordan
While moving some of our outsize items to more suitable shelves last week (a seemingly endless job), I came across an unusually thick volume (D4984/11/1). I don't normally look at the records I'm moving - I would never get anything done if I did! - but occasionally I allow my curiosity to get the better … Continue reading A pattern book with a difference
The Derbyshire Times has a big article about our crowdfunding campaign and did you catch us - very briefly - on East Midlands Today on Wednesday evening? Great to see so much interest! And we've had another wonderful comment from a supporter: 'Cultural history is very important and we should do everything necessary to preserve our knowledge … Continue reading We’re in the news!
Only a few days into our crowdfunding project and we've already reached nearly £200! A huge thank you to everyone who has supported us so far, and especially for the lovely comments you've left behind, such as: 'Because the past is as important as the future.' 'Real history is vital in the midst of meaningless … Continue reading Wonderful support!
This log book from 1821-1822 records the last months of Sir John Franklin’s first independent land expedition to the Arctic (1819-1822), where he intended to travel from Hudson’s Bay to the mouth of the Coppermine River in Coronation Gulf. It took two years before the expedition came within sight of the sea and only a … Continue reading Sir John Franklin’s Log Book
Did you get it from our teaser? It showed us having a go at shooting a video to go on our crowdfunding page. Yes, we're diving into the 21st century and are starting a crowdfunding campaign for the objects in Lady Jane's Museum. As I've mentioned before, Lady Jane Franklin kept some of her most … Continue reading We’re crowdfunding!
Lady Jane Franklin has inspired us to try something new – can you guess from our teaser what it is?