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
When family history becomes a little more complex…
Very few family historians are able to trace their ancestors back through the civil and parish registers without hitting some kind of complication, whether that be a “missing” entry, an “extra” entry making it unclear which is correct, the resettlement of their family elsewhere or other issue. Often, such cases can be resolved with a … Continue reading When family history becomes a little more complex…
Perfection in Accounting
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
Who owned my car?
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?
Clay Cross Treasures – one volunteer’s quest through the archives
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
Beware who you call a fool (April or otherwise)
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)
Owd Sammy Twitcher
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
When truth may be stranger than fiction?
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?
Three Maps, Three Men and One Town
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