‘Is there any post?’ -FitzHerbert project catch up

The FitzHerbert project has been quiet for some time so I wanted to write a catch up blog to update you on progress and share with you one of the highlights of the collection.

Firstly, I want to mention the title of the post: this is surely a familiar phrase in every British household. Especially with the increase in email usage there is always a keen sense of anticipation when you are expecting something to arrive in the post, especially a letter. When something arrives unexpectedly it is always exciting (except if it’s from the bank!). Continue reading

Three uses for the Burney collection (1)

Revd Charles Burney (1757-1817) was a busy chap.  Not content with being a busy priest and schoolmaster, he spent much of his time and money gathering together a vast array of books, newspapers and news pamphlets.  The whole collection was bought for the nation by the British Museum in 1817, and is now held at the British Library – where, happily, it has recently been digitised for our enjoyment.  It is quite a resource, being described as “the largest single collection of 17th and 18th century English news media”, and can be accessed using your Derbyshire library card right here: http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/leisure/libraries/online_information/infotrac/default.asp

I offer three possible uses of this database, having had a go at searching for Derbyshire place names.  Here is the first: you could use the Burney collection for researching the history of a property or a landed estate.  To prove it, here is a notice from the Public Advertiser (London), from 31 March 1775:


I will blog another couple of these later in the week.