Advent Calendar – Day 24

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Christmas card painted by John Chaplin, with Edgar Osborne, sent from Palestine in 1917, during World War One (Ref: D5063/3/3)




Inside the card reads:
Palestine 1917
Christmas 1917
Two campaigners send you Greetings, dear Lill
John Chaplin





Born in Bournemouth in 1890, Edgar Osborne was County Librarian for Derbyshire for 31 years (1923-1954). During World War One Edgar served on the Bulgarian Front and in Palestine, from where he sent this card to Lill, possibly his future wife Mabel Jacobson, whom he married in 1918, not long before the end of the war. Other papers of Edgar’s from this time are available to view online via our catalogue, as part of our WW1 digitisation project. Although not available to read online, this series of papers contains a very moving story about Edgar’s experience in Palestine, including how he spent Christmas Day 1917 (ref: D5063/3/2).

After the war, Edgar resumed his career in librarianship, becoming County Librarian of Derbyshire at the age of just 33. During this time, he introduced new services, such as mobile libraries, and developed his own interests in literature, especially in children’s books – an interest featuring heavily in his archive collection, which also includes Edgar’s diaries written during World War Two and papers relating to his retirement in 1954.

The Big Draw – Free drawing lessons and your portrait painted!

International Derbyshire based artist Nick Hersey is teaming up with Derbyshire Record Office to host a workshop which aims to get the general public involved in the simple act of drawing.

The workshop is part of the international festival of drawing known as The Big Draw, which happens in over 500 countries, with over 200,000 people expected to take part globally this year.

Nick will be sharing tips and tricks to help people to draw portraits, as well as drawing a few portraits of willing volunteers himself!

Drop in to the record office any time between 9.30am and 1pm on Thursday 7th November to take part.

For further information and dates of events visit: