Have bike, will travel – a splendid celebration of cycling

Thursday 5th May saw the start of our latest 'What's in the Wall?' exhibitions.  Running (or should I say pedalling?) until the 30th July, 'Have bike, will travel' is a comprehensive collection of items from our Local Studies and Archives, ranging from the late 19th century to the present day. Many of the photographs are courtesy … Continue reading Have bike, will travel – a splendid celebration of cycling

PC & the Pedal Crankers ‘flying the flag for Great British Cycling’

Whilst researching for our forthcoming 'Have bike, will travel' exhibition, I came across a reference to an 'audio disc' featuring a song by 'PC & the Pedal Crankers' which turned out to be a 7inch single featuring the songs 'Ride Your Bicycle' and 'The Bike Ride Song.' The only information we have is that it … Continue reading PC & the Pedal Crankers ‘flying the flag for Great British Cycling’

30 Years ago this week in the Derbyshire Times

Here's a selection of news and events from this week in 1986 as featured in the Derbyshire Times: It was election time in West Derbyshire and the candidates were: Bill Moore- Labour Patrick McLoughlin - Conservative Robert Goodall - Independent Christopher Sidwell - Rainbow Alliance (Loony Crocodile Tears) Mr Sidwell was from Coventry, but had set … Continue reading 30 Years ago this week in the Derbyshire Times

Joseph Waterfall – Poet of the Peak with ability

Do you ever get side-tracked by a subject while researching another? Most of us have at some point! This is probably one of the strangest and most interesting 'distractions' I have encountered. As part of a future exhibition about cycling, I have been searching through the Record Office for interesting bicycle-related items. During a thorough search of the … Continue reading Joseph Waterfall – Poet of the Peak with ability

Nothing but Nuns!

Following hot on the heels of the Record Office appearance at Derbyshire County Council's International Women's Day is a female-focused addition to the Local Studies Collection. It's a searchable Index of Nuns from the Catholic Family History Society on CD. It lists records of approximately 14,000 nuns who professed later than 1795, with information about their parents, birth, religious name, … Continue reading Nothing but Nuns!

Books – from Breweries to Mountain Biking

Currently on display in our Local Studies library is a varied selection of newly acquired books, ranging from Heritage Walks, to an amazing story about a 'ghost runner' to a history of Burton breweries! A full list and details are below: Edwin Smith: A Life in Derbyshire Cricket by Steve Dolman Edwin Smith played for Derbyshire in three … Continue reading Books – from Breweries to Mountain Biking

February is LGBT History Month!

It has Valentine's Day, Chinese New Year & Shrove Tuesday, to name a few events, but February is also LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) History Month. It aims to promote equality and diversity by making LGBT stories more visible to the public, and campaigning for greater awareness through education. It is always a challenge to find positive accounts about the LGBT experience in history, as so … Continue reading February is LGBT History Month!

Alison Uttley Book Collection

The variety of research that visitors to the Record Office are doing, and the questions they have are always fascinating, whether it's local or family history related. This week, one of the online enquiries we received generated childhood reading memories for a few of the staff. The question was whether we knew of any fictional accounts featuring the Cromford Canal.  The local Cromford author, Alison … Continue reading Alison Uttley Book Collection