Key players in the FitzHerbert Family

When you’re cataloguing a large family collection such as this, it’s fair to say there’s always a large number of people involved! The FitzHerbert family is no exception and throughout the listing process where I’ve been looking through all of the material in all the boxes (see my earlier posts), there is certainly a large amount of correspondence.

Some of this correspondence is business related, regarding the Tissington estate (also some of the other estates), Whilst some of the correspondence is private, between friends and family about a whole array of subjects.

This adds to the already catalogued material of this collection and fills what would otherwise be an incomplete gap. Take a look at the catalogue for collection D239 here.It also gives an insight into the lives and personalities of those who are writing the letters. Given that the material in these particular boxes dates rom the late eighteenth century to the 1960s, it is four of the FitzHerbert Baronets who are the main authors of the letters, the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Baronets: Sir William, Sir Richard, Sir Hugo Meynell and Sir William.

Including friends and workers on the Tissington Estate, they correspond with some interesting people, Edward Ford being one significant individual. A gentleman called Col. Weetman is a name frequently mentioned, he was an insurance agent for the FitzHerberts. Why not come and read the correspondence when its all sorted and properly catalogued?

In my next post I hope to tell you about some of the items I’ve discovered which are ‘treasures’…

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More creativity at Belper Library as part of Discovery Days

As part of this year’s Discovery Days, children and parents came to Belper Library to re-create their family trees – find out about the last few days of events as part of the Discovery Days festival at www.derwentvalleymills.org/index.php/discovery-days/408-discovery-days-2013

Breaking News! Family histories jumbled in crash

Another of the events we have been running in support of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge asks children to use old photographs, birth and marriage certificates, and other family history clues to help put the families’ stories back together following a small crash in which everything gets jumbled. These are some of the photographs from Long Eaton and Eckington where the children have designed suitcases for the families to showcase the ancestral history.

The session uses reproductions of original documents held at Derbyshire Record Office, and we hope that the families who come along will be going home to make their own family history suitcase. Instructions for making a suitcase can be found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/mister-maker/makes/mister-maker-boxsuitcase/

If you do make your own family history suitcase, please send us pictures to Record.Office@derbyshire.gov.uk

Final pictures from our Summer Holiday events in Derbyshire Libraries

Here are the final installments of photos from the ‘History of You’ craft sessions we have hosted in Derbyshire Libraries over the school holidays as part of the Summer Reading Challenge.

Swadlincote Library, 7 August, Borrowash Library, 22 August and Matlock Library, 28 August

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We are very sorry to all the people who attended our sessions in Staveley and Dronfield on Thursday 16 August, unfortunately, all the photographs were accidentally deleted from the camera and we are not able to share the photographs from this day.

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