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Local History Day Activities

Local History Day Activities

This year our Local History Day went virtual and societies who normally attend compiled photo's, video's and activities to help you learn more about your own local history. Don't worry if you missed the day because you can see it all below.

Our friends at STEAM WORKS have been busy creating some online activities and challenges connected to local buildings or places for you to enjoy at home.

Chesterfield Canal Boat Building Challenge

Challenge your family and see who can build the strongest tinfoil boat. Think about shape, size, buoyancy and have lots of fun testing your boats to see if they float or sink!

Build your own Horn's Bridge

Can you create a bridge from Knex strong enough to hold a bag of sugar? Research different structures, create a design brief and build and test your bridge.

Train Wheels Experiment

Did you know Chesterfield used to have three railway station's? Have a go at this experiment which explore’s how train wheels stay on the track.

Create your own Crooked Spire

Let your imagination run wild and create your own model of the Chesterfield Parish Church Spire with Lego, salt dough, cardboard, polystyrene or whatever you have to hand. Don’t forget to share your creations with us as we’d love to see them.

Chesterfield Canal Trust have created a collection of past and present photographs which show what an amazing transformation the canal has undergone.

The trust are always looking for new volunteers and further details can be found at https://www.chesterfield-canal-trust.org.uk/

Our Collection Officer has created a fantastic Historic Walking Trail around Chesterfield Town Centre which is fun for all the family and explores the past and present.

Compare the Market Place today with how it looked in the early 20th Century and imagine Burlington Street with trams like in the 1930s.

There’s lots of fun to be had whilst learning all about the history of the Town Centre!

One of our front of house staff has created some fantastic mystery object video's using item's from the museum collection. Can you can guess what these unusual objects are and what they were used for?

Friends of Spital Cemetery in conjunction with Don Catchment Rivers Trust have produced an amazing 'Rivers of Life' trail which explores the hidden natural and industrial heritage of Chesterfield. It starts at Riverside Retail Park follows the river Hipper and ends in Spital Cemetery with lots of interesting things to identify along the way.

Friends of Spital Cemetery are always looking for volunteers. Visit their website to find out more http://friendsofspitalcemetery.co.uk

They have also created an activity sheet for children to identify things as they walk round the cemetery. Can you find the bug hotel or the leaning angel.

The Local Studies Department at Chesterfield Library is a great place to start researching your local and family history. They have created a short video explaining the resources they offer and how they can help you.

Please note that due to current restrictions not all of the resources at the library will be available at present so please check before visiting.

Chesterfield Photographic Society have put together a fabulous collection of photographs showing the old Royal Hospital which used to be on Holywell Cross and was open from 1854 to 1984. How different this looks from our current hospital.

If you would like to find out more about Chesterfield Photographic Society visit their website at https://www.chesterfieldphotosociety.com/

We would like to thank all the societies and organisations that took part in our Virtual Local History Day and hope that we are able to welcome you all back to the museum for next year’s event.

History is a fascinating subject that we can all get involved in and we would love your help with our latest ‘Lockdown’ in Chesterfield project.

We are living through an important historical event and Chesterfield Museum would love to share your experiences of the Coronavirus pandemic in a future exhibition.

If you have stories, memories, photos, artwork, diaries or objects you would like to share or to find out more, contact the Museum Collections Team at museum.collections@chesterfield.gov.uk

Last updated on 18 September 2020