Thanks to your incredible generosity our joint crowdfunding project with Belper Historical Society was successful and we’ve been able to buy this amazing nightwatchmen’s report book. Local historian Adrian Farmer visited the Record Office to see it for himself:
As we exceeded our target we will be spending the extra money on creating a learning resource for schools to use the book in their history lessons, so young people can discover all about the nightly goings-on in Belper in the 1830s!
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Fantastic, and great to have a resource for schools to bring the book ‘to life’ and learn about the social history of Belper in the 1800’s
Could you kindly post some excerpts on line so that ex-pat Derbyshire folks can have a nosy too?
Thanks mi ducks!
Hello duck! We’ve been tweeting lots of excerpts on our Twitter account @DerbyshireDRO – you don’t need to have your own Twitter account to look at these, just go on ours, scroll down and look out for #Nightwatchmen. The book is going to be transcribed by Belper Historical Society volunteers, so we’ll certainly do more blog posts and tweets once they tell us what else they’ve found.
How wonderful!! What a fascinating document.