Between 2020-2022 arthur+martha, a Community Interest Company specialising in arts and health, worked with housebound, isolated older people in Derbyshire to make “a necklace of stars” – an embroidered quilt with a poem border and a poetry/song soundtrack inspired by lullabies. The project was a collaboration between the artists and Arts Derbyshire, Derbyshire County Council … Continue reading Necklace of Stars exhibition
What’s in the Wall?
Mining the Seams Exhibition
It’s been a long time since there was an exhibition in our vitrine wall which separates reception and the search room. Now though we have the exhibition space full of archival material again for our first exhibition on display in nearly three years. The exhibition showcases just some of the many items from the National … Continue reading Mining the Seams Exhibition
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?
50 Treasures exhibition – round 5
The new year brings the latest round of our '50 Treasures' exhibition series. This time the wall is filled with, amongst others things, examples of Swedish folk art, 1950s newspapers cartoons, architectural plans, a photo of 'lost' arctic graves and the diaries of a Derbyshire gent - all items nominated by staff, volunteers and users … Continue reading 50 Treasures exhibition – round 5
Derbyshire perspectives – reading landscape
Derbyshire artist Peter Knight celebrates his love of the craft of print media with the layered continuum of exploring this remarkable county. His exhibition 'Derbyshire perspectives - reading landscape' is on show at the record office. Here, Peter tells us about his work and inspiration. I’d always been interested in books and illustrated books in … Continue reading Derbyshire perspectives – reading landscape
Exhibition: Franklin’s People
The latest exhibition on display at the record office throws light on some of the most important people in life of Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin, each with their own fascinating story. There are his two wives, the poetic Eleanor, who died tragically young, and the formidable Jane, Lady Franklin, one of the celebrities of … Continue reading Exhibition: Franklin’s People
The Cabinet of Curiosities
Unsurprisingly, people don’t tend to think of an archive as a place where objects are held, but as many museums hold documents, often archive repositories can hold objects. Admittedly it’s not something which we seek to collect but on occasion objects come to us as part of an archive collection and it can be more sensible … Continue reading The Cabinet of Curiosities
The Junction Arts Story
An exhibition marking the 40th anniversary of Junction Arts, a Derbyshire based arts charity is now on at the record office. The exhibition will celebrate the organisation's achievements over four decades, illustrated using the newly acquired archive held here at the record office. The exhibition will run from Thursday 22nd March to Saturday 29th September 2018. Normal … Continue reading The Junction Arts Story
Exhibition – The Amazing Pop Up Archives Project
Sadly we have completed our year of gallivanting around the county taking our archive collections out into the community and collecting people’s stories along the way. To celebrate the culmination of our project a special exhibition is now on in the reception area of the record office which tells the tale of a fascinating, exciting … Continue reading Exhibition – The Amazing Pop Up Archives Project
Stitching the Wars
Stitching the Wars was a two-year collaboration between older people in Derbyshire and arts organisation arthur+martha. It is the story of a community that survived two world wars and harsh poverty. It is a kind of documentary, constructed with recollection, poetry and the art of stitching. The project was led by artist Lois Blackburn, who … Continue reading Stitching the Wars