An intriguing photograph

Sorting through a records of the Record Office earlier this week, I came across a small bundle of copy photographs of images elsewhere in the archive collections. The images were rather eclectic in their subject matter, featuring photographs from World War One, family and industrial photographs, and I browsed through them again whilst waiting for a staff meeting to begin on Monday morning. There was one in particular that was a little more obscure, it puzzled us for a little while  and then tickled us when we realised what it was. Take a look for yourself and see what you make of it…

A wooden panel with the title ‘Cemetery’ above … what we didn’t know. When we looked a little closer we saw three words that told us everything we needed to know and amused us in the process. These words were ‘Ferodo’ and ‘brake lining’ – it is a cemetery of the brake linings manufactured by Chapel-en-le-Frith based Ferodo.

(Apologies for the poor images – they are a photographs of a photograph of a photograph!)

We already knew the company and their staff had a good sense of humour and imagination from other items we hold in their archive collection, including our Treasure #26 Ferodo’s imaginative advertising.

This particular photograph comes from an album featuring images from the the company’s factory, Rye Flatt House at Combs in the small collection of papers of Herbert Frood, the firm’s founder, (ref: D5700). The main archive for the company is held under reference D4562, with a wide range of records relating to production, staff and promotional materials. My favourite item from the collection is not actually an archive, but an artefact…

Mounted display of original brake lining used by `Babs’  who broke the land speed record in 1927 and was buried later that year following an accident that resulted in the death of the driver, John Parrry-Thomas.

Advent Calendar – Day 10

How prepared are you feeling with only 15 more sleeps to go? Here is door number 10…

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A photograph of Borrowash Library not long after it first opened in June 1952. 

Borrowash Library,

Borrowash Library,

If you know the library, you can probably picture how it looks today while looking at this photograph. The photograph itself can be found amongst the archive collection for the libraries department (Ref: D2980/UL). Borrowash Library Other photographs from 1875 of Derbyshire libraries in use can be seen on the public PCs at the Record Office. Please drop in anytime to take a look, no need to book, just bring your library ticket for logging on to the computer.

Of course, you can also Visit Borrowash Library too and see how it has changed