In April 1962, Miss Joan Sinar was appointed as the first County Archivist for Derbyshire. In the 55 years since this landmark was reached, whilst much has changed at the Record Office the basic principle of preserving Derbyshire’s archival heritage and providing access to it has remained constant. However, 1962 may not have been the true beginning of Derbyshire’s archive service.
On Monday 14 August, join us to find out more about the history of the Record Office and record keeping in Derbyshire. There will also be a display of original archives illustrating the development of the Derbyshire’s archival heritage, and a unique opportunity for a behind the scenes tour.
Monday 14th August 2017
Cost: £10 (including light refreshments)
Booking essential. Please register via the link to the right, or call 01629 538347
It was the busiest weekend I think we have ever had for staff from the record office, you have already heard about how we popped up at the Wirksworth Festival, which sounded amazing. I couldn’t make it along myself as I went along to Calke Abbey, home of the Harpur-Crewe family, with a small selection of original archives from their large collection (ref: D2375).
Archives in the Learning Room, at Calke Abbey
Maps and Plans
“Miscellaneous” selection, including servants records, apothecary’s notebooks, Erasmus Darwin’s medicinal recipe book and an account of the poor in Ticknall
An unlikely visitor?
Up the stairs for another exciting step back in time
Oh my God! I can really touch it?! Oh my God!
It’s mouth watering stuff – are you putting up beds? I could stay all night. It’s wonderful
With over 580 visitors over just two afternoons, we were thrilled with how much people enjoyed handling the original material and amazed at some of the things they found out. Continue reading
If you happened to be in Matlock this lunchtime, you may have noticed a bit of an event going on! If you weren’t there, and were wondering what all the fuss was about i.e. cyclists, spectators, sirens, police motorbikes and cheering schoolchildren, it was the Women’s Tour – a professional women’s cycling race, which had a whole stage planned in Derbyshire, going from Ashbourne to Chesterfield via Buxton, Youlgreave, Winster and Matlock.
The riders included Lizzie Armistead, Britain’s cycling world champion and professional teams from all over the world. Some Derbyshire Record Office staff, along with hundreds of others all along the route, were cheering on the riders on the Queen of the Mountains race up Bank Road in Matlock.
Of course, this is really also a shameless excuse to promote our current exhibition ‘Have bike, will travel,’ displaying the best of our archive and local studies material. The exhibition runs until the 30th July.
We now have a family quiz sheet and ‘I love cycling’ badges to give away, with the badges courtesy of the Smarter Travel Team at Derbyshire County Council.
Thursday 5th May saw the start of our latest ‘What’s in the Wall?’ exhibitions. Running (or should I say pedalling?) until the 30th July, ‘Have bike, will travel’ is a comprehensive collection of items from our Local Studies and Archives, ranging from the late 19th century to the present day. Many of the photographs are courtesy of Picture the Past
Bicycle related photos, maps, magazines, drawings and diaries are all there, along with a large dose of nostalgia, from the early days of the penny farthing, the bicycle as an essential form of transport, to the cycling proficiency test and 80s BMXing!
This exhibition will coincide with the Aviva Women’s Tour which has a whole stage in Derbyshire on Friday 17th June (it will go up Bank Road in Matlock, definitely worth watching!) It will also coincide with the Eroica Britannia – a 3 day festival held in Bakewell from Friday 17th June – Sunday 19th June, which ends on the Sunday with over 4,000 riders taking part in a vintage bike ride.
Come and take a journey with us through the history of Derbyshire cycling. The display is in our Reception area and we are based on New Street, Matlock – parallel with Bank Road (if you don’t know the road, come and take a look at the steep gradient the women will have to climb on the Derbyshire stage of the Women’s Tour!)
Directions are here and we are open Monday to Friday 9.30am – 5.00pm and Saturdays 9.30am – 1pm. We have cycle parking as well as car parking. Our other forthcoming events can be found here
Have you seen the new exhibition from the Archives Team at De Montfort University? The exhibition takes a chronological look at prospectus design for the college and later university from 1897 to the present. There are some interesting hairstyles (no prizes for guessing which decades these are from!) and some interesting design concepts over time. I wonder how people in 100 years time will appreciate the more recent prospectus showcased in the exhibition?
You can also follow their blog, which includes a regular ‘Object of the Week’ and details of the Archives and Arts collection, as well as their new Heritage Centre built around the arches which are all that remain of the medieval Church of the Annunciation, where the remains of the late Richard III were displayed for two days after his death at Bosworth in 1485.
I visited the Centre just over a week ago, and can recommend it if you are in Leicester, it really gives a new perspective on the common misconceptions about the “old polytechnic” universities.
DRO visitors will have seen our latest vitrine wall exhibition, A Sense of Place, focusing on the Local Studies Library’s Local Authors collection. Inspired by a booklet published by former local studies librarian Ruth Gordon, we highlight Derbyshire-connected writers from Erasmus Darwin to Richmal Crompton to Stephen Booth, and the varied depictions in print of the Derbyshire landscape (both rural and industrial) and historic Derbyshire events.
Our county also provided inspiration for settings in such novels as Pride and Prejudice and Adam Bede, and the backdrop to a short story featuring Sherlock Holmes. Did you know that cricket fan and Marylebone Cricket Club player Sir Arthur Conan Doyle may have amalgamated the names of wicket-keeper Mordecai Sherwin and Derbyshire bowler Frank Shacklock for his famous character, and that Sherlock’s brother’s name was perhaps inspired by another Derbyshire bowler, William Mycroft? All three played in the match between Derbyshire and the MCC, reported on in the Derby Mercury, 17 June 1885.
A Sense of Place runs until Saturday 22nd November.
This Saturday, the 8th of February, is National Libraries Day – an opportunity to celebrate libraries and library services across the UK.
Visitors to the Record Office will have seen the exhibition in our reception – ‘I Didn’t Know You’d Got That!’ – showcasing the range of material held in the County Local Studies Library collections. From sale catalogues to stereo cards, periodicals to postcards, the display will be available to view until 8th March.
There are also talks and workshops happening in libraries around Derbyshire – see the ‘National Libraries Day Events’ listing available here for more information.
An exhibition to discover the history of Derbyshire farms and farming, exploring the lives of local farmers from the manor to the Second World War – Harvesting Histories
The specific inspiration for this exhibition stems from a series of workshops delivered by the Record Office in June to accompany the BBC’s “Great British Story: A People’s History’, presented by Michael Wood. The workshops encouraged participants to discover the archival resources available for researching the history of farming and agriculture in their local area.
However, the inspiration for farming theme of the workshops actually stemmed from a project run by Junction Arts, Combine: Farming Heritage | East Midlands, involving young people, farmers and local communities working with museums and archives to research the history of farming in each county. Derbyshire Record Office hosted the Derbyshire group of young people in February and March 2012 and had a fantastic time working with the young people and their teachers to discover the history of Derbyshire agriculture, particularly in the Dethick area. More information about the project, which is shortly due to move in to Phase Two consisting of an extensive touring programme for displaying the work created in Phase 1, can be found at www.combinefarmingheritage.org
If you want to see any of the original material in the exhibition or other related material, it can be consulted free of charge in our search room in Matlock. Please contact us for more information on 01629 538347.
A guide to the archival resources available for researching Derbyshire agicultural history can be downloaded from our website at http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/leisure/record_office/education/exhibition/default.asp
On International Women’s Day (TODAY) find out about local heroines, including Florence Nightingale and Joan Waste, as well as the average Derbyshire woman in our county’s past
Online exhibition available at http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/leisure/record_office/education/exhibition/default.asp
New online exhibition available on our website featuring original archives relating to Derbyshire’s women, and heroines, including Florence Nightingale and Joan Waste. Let us know what you think http://bit.ly/oz15DW