A guide to our new Names and Places Search options

In April 2022, we introduced two new elements to our online catalogue - a Name and a Place Search. About the Place Search Contains key information about all Derbyshire townships and parishes as well as various other places in the UK and across the world that are mentioned in the archive and local studies collections. … Continue reading A guide to our new Names and Places Search options

Trade and telephone directories

A guide to the published directories available for Derbyshire. Trade directories In the 18th century, new publications appeared across the country containing details of trades and industry, as well as other useful information, for example about local government, individual towns and villages, local organisations and activities. Left: extract for Ashbourne from Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, … Continue reading Trade and telephone directories

A Maroon victory in Jamaica & improving our catalogues

The following post contains offensive and oppressive language and themes, being direct quotes from the original documents. We believe it is important to retain the original language as it reflects the attitudes of the time. Like so many terms and names used to describe individuals and communities of African descent, ‘Maroon’ was originally used as … Continue reading A Maroon victory in Jamaica & improving our catalogues

Barker catalogue now searchable online

(Not in my opinion), but arguably Derbyshire Record Office did not exist in 1957 when Major Barker deposited his family archives at what was then the Department of Local History and Archives in Sheffield Central Library (now Sheffield Archives). Along with a number of other Derbyshire collections that had been deposited there, these records were … Continue reading Barker catalogue now searchable online

Archives are resources for teaching anti-racism

Great to see another example showing just how relevant archives are and can be to our modern society – we learn about the past to inform and inspire a better future.


London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) is a public research centre which specialises in the history of London. We are currently focusing on work with our audio collections as part of a UK-wide project ‘Unlocking Our Sound Heritage’. LMA aims to digitally preserve almost half a million rare and at-risk sound recordings, keeping seminal speeches of Londoners safe for future generations.

Two such Londoners are Jessica and Eric Huntley. The Huntley’s played an active role in the British African – Caribbean community from their first arrival in England in 1956, and worked on seminal campaigns for racial and social justice. Their archive contains a wide range of materials relating to black supplementary schools and the Black Parents Movement, the New Cross Massacre Action Committee, international campaigns to end the South African apartheid regime, political repression in Guyana and to free former Black Panther and radio journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal from death row. Their…

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Keele University’s 44th Latin and Palaeography Summer School – online

For anyone who frequently finds they need to read old handwriting or understand medieval Latin - not an uncommon occurrence when undertaking research in historic archives - you might be interested in the news from Keele University that their annual summer school will be held online from Monday 2 August. Here is some information from … Continue reading Keele University’s 44th Latin and Palaeography Summer School – online