Coroners Inquests and other Records

A guide to the surviving records of the Derbyshire Coroners. It has been the duty of county coroners since 1194 to investigate the circumstances of unnatural, sudden, or suspicious deaths, and deaths in prison, with additional functions acquired over time. There are two coroners for Derbyshire: Derby and South Derbyshire, based in Derby High Peak, … Continue reading Coroners Inquests and other Records

Family History from Newspaper Reports of  Court Proceedings: the Offensiveness of Matthew Goodden

Regular readers of our blog will be familiar with Roger, one of our cataloguing volunteers, here is his latest fascinating contribution. This post arises from my continuing curiosity about a man named Matthew Goodden.  I first learned of him in 2017 while working on documents from the Thornsett Turnpike Trust (ref: D535).  An invoice had … Continue reading Family History from Newspaper Reports of  Court Proceedings: the Offensiveness of Matthew Goodden

Records of Crime and Punishment

An introductory guide to historical records of criminals, policing, law and order in Derbyshire. Most records relating to crime and punishment contain personal information - if the records relate to people who were born less than 100 years ago, access restrictions apply.  Please contact us to discuss arrangements for accessing these records. Police Outside of … Continue reading Records of Crime and Punishment

The Bolsover Spitfires: 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain

You may think that crowdfunding is a relatively new thing but actually it isn’t. During both the World Wars, war bonds, or the National Savings Movement as it was known during the Second World War, were often used to raise money by advertising directly to the public. However, Lord Beaverbrook, the Minister of Aircraft Production, … Continue reading The Bolsover Spitfires: 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain

School and College archives

A guide to archives of education in Derbyshire.Before the Victorian period, there was limited access to formal education for most children because schooling was available mainly through fee-paying private, public and grammar schools.  In 1811 the Church of England founded the National Society for Promoting the Education of the Poor in the Principles of the Established … Continue reading School and College archives