No Glossop events to commemorate the First World War from DCC

A whole range of events are coming up as part of Derbyshire County Council’s project to commemorate the First World War, but the nearest ones to Glossop are in Chesterfield and Matlock. The council received £84,600 Heritage Lottery Funding to set up ‘Derbyshire Lives through the First World War’ to support activities "across the county". Project manager, Glyn Wilton is working with local community groups - providing information and advice about staging events and help to find sources of financial support.

Forthcoming events in Derbyshire libraries and at the Record Office include:

*       Ilkeston Home Life during the First World War. Tuesday 8 July. 7pm – 8.30pm.
Join local historians at Ilkeston library for some fascinating facts and a taste of First World War domestic life. Find out what we did when there were no eggs to eat; where you would have found Ilkeston’s feeding centre for poor children and what a chest protector is. There will be ‘austerity’ food to try. The event is free but booking is essential on 0115 930 1104.

*       The Last Summer. Thursday 17 July to Saturday 27 September at the Derbyshire Records Office in Matlock during normal opening hours. An exhibition that offers a window on Derbyshire during the summer of 1914. Free of charge.

*       World War I Reminiscence Coffee Morning. Thursday 17 July. 10.30am – 12noon. Staveley Library. A free event to which all are welcome. 01246 472448.

*       Sew a Poppy. Friday 18 and Saturday 19 July. 9am – 5pm on Friday and 9am to 1pm on Saturday. Ashbourne Library. Drop in sessions open to all ages led by the Ashbourne Embroiders Guild. Have a go at making a poppy. Free event. More information 01629 533950.

*       First World War Quiz Night. Monday 28 July. 6.30pm – 9pm. Ashbourne Library. 01629 533950.

*       The Art of the First World War. Tuesday 5 August. 7.30pm. Chesterfield Library Theatre. A talk on British paintings reflecting the changing nature of war, featuring artists such as Paul Nash and Stanley Spencer. Tickets are £3 or £2 for concessions and can be booked on 01629 533400.

*       Voices from the Front. Thursday 7 August. 2pm – 4pm. Bringing the First World War archives to life at the Derbyshire Record Office in Matlock. Voices of those who served in the War are brought to life. Visitors can choose a letter or diary entry to read aloud or bring along their own family papers and share their story. The event is free but booking is essential on 01629 538347.

*       Belper in Wartime. Wednesday 13 August. 7pm. Belper Library. An illustrated talk by Adrian Farmer about the impact of both the First and Second World Wars on the town of Belper using rare and unusual photographs. Tickets are £3 or £2 for concessions and can be booked on 01629 533192.

Glynn is keen to hear about other events organised by community groups throughout the county and to help with the organisation of events. He is helping groups find sources of funding, and advice and information most relevant to their project. He can also advise on funding applications, how to create effective exhibitions, how best to deal with historic material and point people in the right direction for the libraries and museums best able to help with specific projects.

Glynn is based at the county council-run Derbyshire Record Office in Matlock which offers a wealth of information including digitised versions of many First World War records. ‘Derbyshire Lives through The First World War’ will run for two years ending in a travelling exhibition which will visit various locations across the county bringing together all the various stories.

Residents can contact Glynn at Derbyshire Record Office, New Street, Matlock, DE4 3FE, call him on 01629 539217 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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