Researching LGBTQ+ history

The criminalization, stigmatisation and persecution of the LGBTQ+ community has made researching LGBTQ+ history a challenge. Throughout history people have for religious, social and personal reasons been forced to conceal this aspect of their lives. You'll often see it referred to as a ‘hidden history’. Knowing where to start researching this subject can seem a … Continue reading Researching LGBTQ+ history

Eleanor Anne Porden: “this truly amiable and accomplished lady”

Portrait of Eleanor Anne Porden by her friend Mary Anne Flaxman, 1811 (Derbyshire Record Office reference D8760/F/LIB/11/8) Eleanor Anne Porden died on 22 February 1825 following a long and ultimately unsuccessful battle against tuberculosis. Rather than concentrate on the fact of her being John Franklin’s lesser known first wife who died so tragically young, we … Continue reading Eleanor Anne Porden: “this truly amiable and accomplished lady”

New catalogues now available for Chesterfield collections

During 2020, we did add a small number of these to the online catalogue (for example, D9 Dakeyne of Darley), and work continues to process the remaining drafts and recent transfers, so there are lots more to come this year. Last week, catalogues for several collections that were transferred to us from the Local Studies … Continue reading New catalogues now available for Chesterfield collections

Gay Rights pioneer Edward Carpenter and his Chesterfield connections

February is LGBT History Month, which recognises and celebrates Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people. Researching LGBT history is challenging (we'll cover that subject in a future blog post) but today we will celebrate an early pioneer of gay rights who was a Derbyshire resident for many years: Edward Carpenter. Edward Carpenter was born in … Continue reading Gay Rights pioneer Edward Carpenter and his Chesterfield connections

Willie Foulke: Blackwell Miners’ Welfare Football Club’s Famous Goalkeeper

Colliery companies offered many activities to their workers in an attempt to promote the health and welfare of their workers. Sports were a popular way of doing this, ranging from the more usual football and cricket, to more unusual ones such as hockey, tennis and fishing. Welfare grounds were a common feature in pit villages, … Continue reading Willie Foulke: Blackwell Miners’ Welfare Football Club’s Famous Goalkeeper