Florence and the Pumpkins

From a craft session to a creative writing session, we grabbed some lunch at Chesterfield Library and humbly awaited the arrival of our next group who were coming to write stories using old local photographs from Picture the Past as inspiration. Here are some of the fantastic results;-

Some photos from the afternoon…

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“Mary”: Victoria chose a picture of a very young Mary Milner in her pram in Dronfield (DCNE000743) and wrote a slightly sad story telling us about Mary’s first few years;-

“I never will like elephants”: Olivia’s story (with illustrations) was inspired  by an 1899 photograph of elephants parading down Chatsworth Road in Chesterfield (DCCC001392);-

Keep an eye out for more stories from this event as the young people finish their stories at home and send them in. In the meantime, here is the story written by our Conservator’s daughter, Rebecca, “Was it real?” inspired by the very white and snowy St John’s churchyard in Buxton (DCBM000010)

We’re looking forward to even more stories and poems from our session at Duffield Library on Wednesday 22 August and at Alfreton Library on Tuesday 28 August (both events are free but booking is essential; please contact the library concerned to book a place).

A wonderful morning at Bolsover followed by an inspiring afternoon in Chesterfield

Yesterday, Clare and I travelled to Bolsover and Chesterfield to hold two children’s events as part of the Summer Reading Challenge. We spent a very enjoyable morning at Bolsover Library hosting the very popular “History of You” craft session, with children and families creating and designing their own family trees and coats of arms;-

Our next History of You craft sessions are at Swadlincote and Ilkeston libraries on 7 August;-

Ilkeston Library, Tuesday 7 August, 2.30-3.30pm
Staveley Library, Thursday 16 August, 10.30-11.30am
Dronfield Library, Thursday 16 August, 2.30-3.30pm
Borrowash Library, Wednesday 22 August, 2.30-3.30pm
Matlock Library, Tuesday 28 August, 2.30-3.30pm

Events are free but booking is essential; please contact the library concerned to book a place. Find out more about the Summer Reading Challenge

History of You

In preparation for the History of You craft activities we are holding across the county over the school holidays, Henrietta, age 5 and Rebecca, age 8 have enthusiastically tested our craft materials and made their own family trees and crests

      “My family tree”

      Henrietta, age 5

“My coat of arms”, Rebecca, age 8

Rebecca says: “Red guitar in the middle, with bicycle wheel in the middle of the guitar. Next to the red guitar, two eyes, and smile in the bottom. The coat of arms is in the design of sun. I really enjoyed designing the coat of arms”

 

 

 

 

More family trees from our willing guinea pigs, i.e. children of the staff

 

Family trees by

Charlotte

and William