In this section we will showcase special items from our vast collection of original documents.
Our current exhibition explores the history of Derbyshire farms and farming, considering the lives of local farmers from the manor to the Second World War. 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 one, please see the link at the bottom of the page.
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. To view the exhibition please see our blog (opens in a new window). Please contact us for more information on 01629 538347.
Troubled Times: Derbyshire in the Civil War
The Female of the Derbyshire Species: A History of Women in Derbyshire
The Attic Chest: A collection of Regency poems, essays and general whimsy; edited by Eleanor Anne Porden, protofeminist and her father William, a Gothic Architect
Discovery! Inventors, Innovators and Entrepreneurs - Industrial Archives at Derbyshire Record Office
The following document is in Portable Document Format (PDF). You can download software to view PDF documents for free from the Adobe website (opens in a new window)