The Gratitude of First World War Prisoners to Margery Swanwick of Chesterfield

A post from catalogue volunteer, Roger. The Record Office recently purchased several letters and postcards at an auction which illustrate aspects of humanitarian work during the First World War. Margery Eleanor Swanwick (1880-1959) a resident of Whittington, Chesterfield was active both in providing parcels of food and other comforts to Allied soldiers imprisoned in Germany, … Continue reading The Gratitude of First World War Prisoners to Margery Swanwick of Chesterfield

Routes to Derbyshire for refugees in the event of an invasion (1916)

This morning we received an enquiry from the School of Geography at the University of Nottingham asking about any further records we might hold relating to a map in their collection entitled Map Showing Routes for Refugees from Eastern Counties in case of Invasion, which was produced in January 1916 when the threat of an invasion … Continue reading Routes to Derbyshire for refugees in the event of an invasion (1916)

Tea and Trench Cake this Saturday at Chesterfield Library!

Join us for the launch of our new travelling exhibition about Derbyshire's First World War, which begins its county tour at Chesterfield Library this Saturday, 10 December, 12-2pm. Interactive history actors will be bringing to life real characters from the period and for children there will be a family trail they can follow around the library.  As a bonus, there will be … Continue reading Tea and Trench Cake this Saturday at Chesterfield Library!

Commissioned Officers… or Conscientious Objectors?

A First World War era photograph from our collections has thrown up an intriguing question... is this a group photograph of conscientious objectors in Breaston? The photograph comes from collection D4978 'Breaston and Long Eaton Historical Notes'.  Our catalogue entry for this photograph reads simply: '"COs" Group', c.1910, and when the photograph was put onto the Picture … Continue reading Commissioned Officers… or Conscientious Objectors?