Advent Calendar – Day 5

Over a fifth of the way there, and here is today’s advent door…

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Cover of the Department of Energy’s Report on the Markham Colliery Disaster of 30 July 1973. For an enlarged image, click here, or visit us in Matlock to see the full report, including plans, available on the open-access shelves in Local Studies)

18 miners lost their lives, and a further 11 were seriously injured, as a result of the accident. In the last few years work has been underway at the site of the colliery, now Markham Vale Business Centre, to erect memorials remembering the 106 men who died during the three disasters at the colliery, 1937, 1938 and 1973.

There are a range of other sources for the colliery, including relating to the accidents, held in the archives and local studies collections at the Record Office. Search our catalogue or visit us in Matlock to find out more.


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.