50 Treasures – an easier way to explore

A few weeks ago, we finished blogging about Derbyshire Record Office’s “50 Treasures” series of documents, specially selected to illustrate the depth and variety of our archives and local studies material. It’s a project that began back in 2012, as the record office celebrated its 50th anniversary. All 50 posts can be found by searching the blog in the usual ways, but you might like to know that it is now possible to get a bird’s eye view of the full project from our new 50 Treasures page. It is also now possible to adopt your favourite – have a look at the Adopt A Piece Of History page for details.

New exhibition: 50 Treasures, part 3

A new exhibition has been installed in the vitrine wall in our reception area – if you are in the area or planning a visit, why not stop by and have a look? The items being displayed are all from our 50 Treasures series.  (There’s still time to nominate your favourite document from our archives or local studies collection – you could mention it in the comments box below if you like.)

The exhibition includes a number of Treasures which have already been featured in our blog:

You can also expect to see:

  •  Some of Frank H Brindley’s wonderful peak district photographs from the 1930s to the 1950s
  • A book called “Annals of Crime in the Midland Circuit”, describing hideous crimes and hideous punishments
  • The wartime diaries of Maria Gyte, 1911-1921
  • Autobiography and poems by Leonard Wheatcroft of Ashover (1627-1707)
  • A selection of records from the National Union of Mineworkers, Derbyshire Area, 1880s-2015
  • The Edmund Potter “shirt” and fabric pattern books mentioned in posts by Elissa and Clare in 2015

Each of these will be the subject of a future post – but if you would like to see the originals on display, you have until the end of April.

Advent Calendar – Day 16

I hope you are all feeling better prepared than me for Christmas next week (next week!). Maybe something beautiful behind today’s door…

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Beautiful bindings, volumes from Local Studies

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Together these items were actually the first of our 50 Treasures – chosen by Local Studies Librarian, Lisa, who reminds us that items can be appreciated simply for their aesthetics as well as the information they hold.

Those who have visited the Record Office since we reopened as and archives and local studies service nearly three years ago, will have seen how other items in our collections have inspired the internal decor, from wallpaper to building signage to a poem inspired by Treasure 11.

Advent Calendar – Day 15

Have you been up early this morning waiting to find out what is behind today’s door? (only joking)

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Copy. Map of Belper and Heage by John Hatton, 1698 (Ref: D369/G/Maps/15). This item is part of the series of maps collected and deposited by the Derbyshire Archaeological Society (ref: D369).

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To the modern eye, this item may look quite unfamiliar as a map, however it is quite typical for the 17th century, when cartography and map making was an expensive business. Maps were generally produced for a very specific purpose and would therefore only include information relevant to that purpose rather than as an accurate geographic or geological representation of an area. Nevertheless this is a particularly useful map as it does include a scale in the top right corner, and many of the buildings (the sketches of which are likely to have some, though not complete, reliability with regards to the actual buildings) are accompanied by a name. I’m afraid I have not had time to look at this item, and any related records in enough detail to determine whether these names belong to the owner or occupier of each building.

For a list of more early maps of Derbyshire, including items held in other archives, please see Derbyshire Record Society’s 2012 edition of A Catalogue of Local Maps of Derbyshire c1528-1800, available in our Local Studies collection, and other libraries across the county (see the Library Catalogue for more information).

Of course you can also search the online archives catalogue for these and other maps and plans held in our archives collection. In particular, there are quite a good number of different maps for Belper, especially amongst the Strutt estate collections (ref: D1564, D3772).

If you are interested in old maps generally, there is a beautiful example amongst our 50 Treasures – Treasure 8: the Gresley processional map And don’t forget, you can nominate an item from our archives and local studies collection (or even a series or collection of items) for the 50 Treasures.

Advent Calendar – Day 4

Only 21 more sleeps to go… and what is behind door number 4?

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Front page of The Daily Telegraph on 8 May 1945 announcing ‘GERMANY CAPITULATES’ ‘Today is VE Day: “Complete and Crushing Victory”‘ – visit us to see a full copy of this and other newspapers from the day in our Local Studies collection.

Seen anything you especially like yet? Let us know if you want to nominate it for our 50 Treasures?

Advent Calendar – Day 3

Another day closer and another item featured from our collections… what might it be?

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You can see an enlarged version of today’s item here; to view the whole presentation and other records for the church, we can arrange access through our search room and public computers at the Record Office in Matlock.

And don’t forget, if there is an item you particularly like in our Advent Calendar why not nominate it for our 50 Treasures?

Advent Calendar 2015 – Day 2

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Grant by Thomas de Rolleston to Elizabeth his daughter of all land in Lapponghalugh’ in Egginton received from William son of William of Egginton by recognisance from king’s court. Dated at Egginton Thursday after feast of St Martin in winter 20 Edw III. 16 Nov 1346 (Ref: D5236/3/30)click here  for an enlargement of the grant

During Advent if there is an item you particularly like, why not nominate it for our 50 Treasures?

 

50 Treasures

50 Treasures ExhibitionEver since Derbyshire Record Office turned fifty in 2012, we have been showcasing treasures from our Archive and Local Studies collections.  These items are chosen because they hold special meaning for our staff and users – their favourite, most interesting, inspiring, thought provoking, or simply the most beautiful. These are items that stir the imagination, tell the best stories, and reveal the secrets of our local history.

If you would like to nominate a treasure; a document, book, map, photograph, or even a whole collection which inspires or delights you – then please get in touch and tell us all about it!

Please email: record.office@derbyshire.gov.uk or tel: 01629 538347 with your suggestions.