If you have followed our blog for a while, you will know that one of our favourite subjects is Sir John Franklin and his lost expedition to discover the northwest passage from the Atlantic ocean to the Pacific via the Arctic. On 16 May 1845, the officers of Franklin's expedition had their photographs taken by … Continue reading Putting colour into the past
Last week, Roger shared some stories from Dora Axon relating to her experiences as a librarian in Whaley Bridge and Chapel-en-le-Frith; this week, we hear about her experiences in Buxton, where she started work in 1949. At this time the library at Buxton was the responsibility of the borough council, in contrast to the libraries … Continue reading An Insider’s View of north Derbyshire Libraries around 1950 – part 2 (Buxton)
Nearly 40 years ago, the record office purchased a small bundle of letters primarily sent to Charles Kay Ogden, the founder of the Orthological Institute which was concerned chiefly with the development of Basic English. Cataloguing volunteer, Roger Jennens, has recently listed all the letters and here he writes of the rich observations they contain … Continue reading An Insider’s View of north Derbyshire Libraries around 1950
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
As we are using the opportunities of lockdown to convert old catalogues and resources into a digital format, I thought I would include this information about the Derbyshire coat of arms - the notes appear to have been written by Miss Sinar, the first County Archivist for Derbyshire, in the 1960s or 1970s. I have … Continue reading Derbyshire Coat of Arms
I first came across the word wapentake about 12 years ago when I started working at the record office - I understood that it described an ancient jurisdiction, similar in meaning (though not necessarily in geography) to the district and borough jurisdictions we have today. I also discovered that the term hundred was also an area delineating … Continue reading Wonderful words
Roger has almost finishing transcribing the letters of Florence Nightingale to Crich doctor Christopher Dunn and will be researching some of the patients she cared for. Here is another instalment from Roger about the letters, and one patient in particular... "little Lee". The letters are predominantly about the health and welfare of individuals living in … Continue reading Florence Nightingale’s local patients (part 2)
Today is famous nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale's 200th birthday. Her life is being celebrated across the world during 2020 although the coronavirus pandemic means that many planned events have had to be cancelled or postponed. Through the course of this week, we'll be posting on Florence's connections with Derbyshire and how her story is influencing … Continue reading Florence Nightingale’s local patients (part 1)
This is a pretty common question for us at the record office. Did you know? Vehicle registration was introduced in 1903 under the responsibility of the Borough and County Councils. Although in other parts of the country many vehicle licensing records do survive, unfortunately, this is not the case for Derbyshire, so enquirers may be … Continue reading Who owned my car?
Record Office volunteer Roger Jennens sets the scene for a Victorian melodrama. Consider this rich Victorian narrative. Does this accumulation of events seem plausible? The story begins with the birth of the heroine: a collier’s daughter born in a small village located on the border of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. As a young woman she is … Continue reading When truth may be stranger than fiction?