March is Women's History Month, and a few weeks ago I planned to write about my research about Elizabeth Appleton, a highly independent young woman of the Regency era, who I've previously blogged about. Of course a lot has happened since the beginning of March, as the world has responded to the coronavirus pandemic. Record Office … Continue reading An update on Elizabeth Appleton for Women’s History Month
In a previous job, I glimpsed the Laycock military papers, among them documents created by Capt. Evelyn Waugh somewhere in the Mediterranean during the Second World War. There was no time to pore over them, as I was just processing a copy order – but it struck me that their survival (complete with scorch marks … Continue reading Survival Of Archives; Archives Of Survival
Before the record office closed due to the Covid-19 virus, Melanie, one of our Archives Assistants, discovered the tale of an interesting Derbyshire character.... With delight, I came across an account of Owd Sammy Twitcher’s visit to Matlock – or visit ‘tu’t Watter Cure Establishment at Matlock-Bonk’, held at the Derbyshire Record Office in Matlock. … Continue reading Owd Sammy Twitcher
As you know Derbyshire Record Office is now closed to the public until further notice due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. At the beginning of this week we had hoped that record office staff would still be able to go to work and be able to spend lots of time working on collections to improve … Continue reading An Archivist without Archives
As we cannot provide access on site at the moment due to the coronavirus, here are some links and tips for research you can do from your computer at home. Do your family history Baptism, marriage and burial registers for Church of England parishes, some as early as 1538, are on Ancestry (charge applies). See … Continue reading Accessing our resources from home
From 5pm today, the Record Office will be closed until further notice to protect staff and customers from contracting the coronavirus and help to prevent its spread. All events have been cancelled. Although people won't be able to visit us, we will be monitoring written enquiries and continuing our research and copying service. Whilst we're … Continue reading Temporary Closure at Derbyshire Record Office
Buxton Museum’s latest blog is about some lovely Inuit objects which are currently on display in their ‘Between two Worlds’ exhibition. They give a little peek into the beliefs of the indigenous people who live in the Arctic – which of course links nicely with our archives relating to Sir John Franklin and his crew, who perished in the Arctic nearly 175 years ago.
I have been very fortunate to work on the exhibition, Between Two Worlds, at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery. This is a unique collection of work from artists affected by war and intolerance in the 20th century, much of it never seen by the public before. On the surface, much of the artwork on display is vibrant and colourful but beneath are stories of artists who were persecuted, interned and displaced. Even within the permissive art world, these individuals faced discrimination and prejudice for not conforming to society’s expectations either through religious beliefs, race or sexuality. The exhibition is also about a time when colonial governments sought to impose Western society and religion, depriving indigenous communities of their cultural identity.
The exhibition draws on artworks from Derbyshire County Council’s own collection, the bequest of Arto Funduklian, the son of Armenian emigres, as well as from the Derbyshire School Library Service…
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Wednesday 5th March is World Book Day, a national celebration of reading. This year the theme is 'share a story' with the aim being to share a million stories across the UK. With that in mind let me share a story from the local studies collection held here at the Record Office. 'Blue John' written … Continue reading Sharing stories for World Book Day
Whilst going through some correspondence files for the Butterley Company, I came across reports for an accident. What was unusual about this accident was the amount of detail mentioned in the company’s correspondence. It gave detail from the time of the incident and included the consequences for those involved and their rescuers. The following is … Continue reading Brickfall at Bondland shafts, Heage
Under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, Broadcast Films can have multiple Authors: and Copyright protection expires 70 years after the death of the longest lived.