Whilst we're in coronavirus lockdown, one of the collections I'm working on is D517, the archive of the Miller Mundy family of Shipley Hall. I had to nip into the office the other day (we go in regularly to make sure the environmental conditions in the stores are as they should be) so I took … Continue reading Perfection in Accounting
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?
It seems logical to have an introduction. I’m Phil, I’ve been volunteering now at the Record Office for 4 ½ years. Prior to this I had worked here for 2 ½ years and got very attached to the place! I couldn’t be got rid of that easily! Over those 4 ½ years I have helped … Continue reading Clay Cross Treasures – one volunteer’s quest through the archives
Ok, I'll admit that this may be a tenuous link to April Fool's Day but on searching our catalogue for documents mentioning the day so favoured by pranksters I came across this document from 1661 within the Court of Quarter Sessions papers. It tells of the case of John Hague from Aston who, when at … Continue reading Beware who you call a fool (April or otherwise)
Before the record office closed due to the Covid-19 virus, Melanie, one of our Archives Assistants, discovered the tale of an interesting Derbyshire character.... With delight, I came across an account of Owd Sammy Twitcher’s visit to Matlock – or visit ‘tu’t Watter Cure Establishment at Matlock-Bonk’, held at the Derbyshire Record Office in Matlock. … Continue reading Owd Sammy Twitcher
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?
From Roger, Cataloguing Volunteer Recently I have been listing a collection of records that have been in the custody of the record office for several decades, although a few additions were made in the last couple of years (ref: D1622). The wide range of subjects, dates and locations of the documents in this collection can … Continue reading Three Maps, Three Men and One Town
Last week, I attended the annual Black History Month event at County Hall and have previously blogged about the first speaker, Paul Crooks, who "pioneered research into African Caribbean genealogy during the 1990s and is credited with an upsurge in the interest in Black and British ancestry" (ref: http://www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk). Like Paul, the second speaker, Dr … Continue reading Lost Legacies
October is Black History Month in the UK, and for several years the Record Office has taken part in the annual event hosted by the Council’s BME Employee Network. Today I was fortunate to be able to attend on behalf of DRO, and take the opportunity to promote to local organisations our collections and deposit services, … Continue reading “History is no good if it doesn’t empower you in some way” – Paul Crooks
If you tune into Andy Twigge's BBC Radio Derby show at around 2.15pm, you may hear Sarah talking about a tale of embezzlement which involved a journey to Australia. Here's how we discovered this story. In October 2017 Dr Paul Freeman, a regular visitor to the record office, started analysing census records for 1841 to … Continue reading The Defalcation of Charles Biggs