How many times have you been asked this already this year? Hands up if you are planning a trip away - where are you going? How about skating and tobogganing on Mont Blanc - just 10 guineas Or perhaps a Mediterranean cruise to welcome the New Year - 25 guineas And if you're still hunting … Continue reading What are your plans for Christmas this year?
We have just added to our collection papers of the Buxton & High Peak Royal Naval Association (collection ref: D8311). They had originally been donated to our colleagues at Buxton Museum but are better placed with us here at the record office. Among the photographs, news cuttings, correspondence and other papers which form part of … Continue reading A timely festive accession
A quick reminder that our consultation into reducing Derbyshire Record Office's opening hours finishes on Sunday 22 December. If you would like to have a say about our opening hours you can fill in the consultation questionnaire online at http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/recordofficeconsultation.
In our Franklin collection is an album containing about a hundred letters, mainly written by Sir John Franklin (1786-1847) to his good friend and fellow arctic explorer, Sir John Richardson (1787-1865). The letters had been stuck into the album with a shiny, translucent tape, which had also been used to carry out repairs. In order … Continue reading Repairing the Richardson letters
With the new Derbyshire Heritage Mapping Portal you can now see how the Derwent Valley from Derby to Matlock has changed over the last 200 years. Featuring selected maps from the collections at the record office, the portal enables free access to digital copies of the maps and an "overlay" feature so you can see … Continue reading Historic Derbyshire maps available online
A hundred years ago this year, the building that now houses Buxton Museum was just winding up as a military hospital for Canadian First World War servicemen. Buxton Museum have just posted some fascinating new research about the museum’s hospital years.
The building that Buxton Museum and Art Gallery is housed in has a varied past, beginning its existence as a spa hotel in the 1800s before becoming a museum in the 1920s. It also had a brief lesser-known role as a war hospital. Derbyshire Museums Manager Ros Westwood sheds light on this dim chapter of Peak Building’s history:
We are often asked about the role of this building in the First World War.
The museum was built in about 1875 as a hydropathic hotel, offering cold water treatments. By 1915 the Peak Hotel was (again) up for sale. The Canadian Red Cross Society secured a lease to establish the Canadian Red Cross Convalescent Hospital, No 2, Buxton
The Canadian Red Cross Hospital, Buxton opened in May 1916, under the command of Lt. Col. H.D. Johnson C.A.M.C. He would soon be relieved by Major F. Guest (later Lt. Col.) and in…
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The Mining the Seams project is a 2 year collaborative project with Warwickshire County Record Office and funded by the Wellcome Trust. Our small team aim to shed more light on the National Coal Board collection we have, with particular focus on the medical and compensation aspects. In the future, this particularly means helping to … Continue reading Welcome to the Mining the Seams Project
Since August 1989 anyone commissioning the taking of a photograph for private and domestic purposes (e.g. wedding photos, family portraits) has the Moral Right NOT to have the work(s) shown in public.