Stevie Carroll (stevie_carroll) wrote,
Stevie Carroll
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Adventures Up North Part Two

The weekend before last I was in Derbyshire, and on Saturday I achieved my main purpose of the visit: a trip with Dad to the recently refurbished Derbyshire Record Office in Matlock.

Derbyshire Archives 290314 (24) Derbyshire Archives 290314 (23)


The tour we went on was aimed at "Artists, Creatives and Organisations" and Dad was rather outnumbered by the women, but still enjoyed himself quite a lot. The refurbishment has taken place in conjunction with a two year Artist in Residence appointment, and a lot of effort has been put into creating a user-friendly, non-corporate space with colour-coding to demark the different areas of the building and their functions.

We got to see the stores:
Derbyshire Archives 290314 (3) Derbyshire Archives 290314 (5)

Derbyshire Archives 290314 (6) Derbyshire Archives 290314 (7)

Derbyshire Archives 290314 (8) Derbyshire Archives 290314 (10)


And a selection of the different documents that are counted as records (even the way they were stored was an artform in itself):
Derbyshire Archives 290314 (11) Derbyshire Archives 290314 (12)

Derbyshire Archives 290314 (13) Derbyshire Archives 290314 (18)

Derbyshire Archives 290314 (14) Derbyshire Archives 290314 (16)

Derbyshire Archives 290314 (19) Derbyshire Archives 290314 (21)

The records are currently indexed by their contents, but the archivists have noticed that some visitors just want to see a type of record -- such as really good handwriting from a particular era -- that they don't currently have indexing for. That may change eventually however.

Later this week, I'll be visiting the Hampshire Archives for a slightly different type of tour.
Tags: architectural heritage, for reference, inspiration, out and about, photos, real life
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