Buffalo Bill and His Wild West Show in Derbyshire

If you mention the name of William Cody, aka Buffalo Bill, then it might conjure up images of America’s Old Wild West, rather than the rolling hills of Derbyshire. Whilst touring around Europe the famous Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show made many visits to Derbyshire, including Derby, Chesterfield, Glossop, and Ilkeston. With cowboys, stagecoaches, horses, … Continue reading Buffalo Bill and His Wild West Show in Derbyshire

Catalogue Available for Messrs W. G. & J. Strutt and English Sewing Cotton Company Limited Collections

We have recently been reworking the catalogue for two collections connected to the mills owned by the Strutt family, which were later taken over by the English Sewing Cotton Company. Both collections relate to the various mills in Belper, Milford and Derby, which were once thriving workplaces within Derbyshire. Snippet view of the D6948 catalogue … Continue reading Catalogue Available for Messrs W. G. & J. Strutt and English Sewing Cotton Company Limited Collections

Derby’s culinary link to the Coronation celebrations 

A lemon and amaretti trifle has been announced as the official pudding for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee after winning the competition to find a new dessert. Delicious no doubt, but did you know that Derby has its own, more savoury culinary connection to Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation? Constance Fletcher was born in Derby in 1886 … Continue reading Derby’s culinary link to the Coronation celebrations 

Food that’s “not bad for the front!”

Regular subscribers to our blog and Twitter will know that we like to link our posts to the monthly themes of the Explore Your Archive and History Begins At Home archive campaigns. For February the themes are ‘letters’ and ‘food', respectively. One letter in our collection which immediately sprung to my mind was one written … Continue reading Food that’s “not bad for the front!”

Charted Territory – celebrating the maps of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site

The Derwent Valley Mills and the surrounding landscape were inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001. This recognition is well deserved as the valley saw the birth of the factory system, when new types of building were erected to house new technology for spinning cotton. Snaking 15 miles down the valley of … Continue reading Charted Territory – celebrating the maps of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site

What do you have about dwarves in Norse Mythology or the future colonisation of space?

These are just two of the themes I have been looking into yesterday as part of a visit from students at the University of Derby doing a Creative Writing degree. This has now become an annual visit that challenges me every time to come up with items from the collections to inspire and inform the … Continue reading What do you have about dwarves in Norse Mythology or the future colonisation of space?