Chesterfield Museum will be hosting a virtual Local History Day on Saturday 12 September.
The Chesterfield Local History Day is an annual event that normally takes place at Chesterfield Museum with a variety of local and family history societies hosting stands where you can find out more about the societies and hints and tips to help you with your own research. However, due to the museum being closed, this year’s event will instead be hosted online on the Chesterfield Museum Facebook page.
Councillor Kate Sarvent, cabinet member for town centres and visitor economy, said: “The Chesterfield Local History Day is a great way for anyone to learn more about the history of our town and to discover some great resources that will help them research their family history. I’m proud of the work the team have put in to bring this event online and help make these resources available to everyone because it’s really important that we know our own history.”
Content will be posted on the museum’s Facebook page from 10am throughout the day (Saturday 12 September). Some of the highlights include before and after photos of Chesterfield Canal from Chesterfield Canal Trust, photographs of the old Royal Hospital from Chesterfield Photographic Society and a ‘Hidden Nature’ self-guided tour between the rivers, Hipper and Rother which is a collaboration between Friends of Spital Cemetery and the Don Catchment Rivers Trust.
The Hidden Nature Tour begins at Riverside Retail Park and follows the river Hipper to where it meets the river Rother at the bottom of Spital Cemetery. There’s lots of information about the hidden nature in the cemetery as well as a look of the industrial history along the route and how this links to the cemetery.
Chesterfield and District Family History Society will be also be explaining how to start researching your own family history, which will hopefully inspire you to have a go yourself.
The event has a selection of activities for the whole family and there will be various children’s activities provided by our friends Steamworks. This includes ideas to help build a model of Chesterfield Parish Church Spire, making and testing different bridge structures inspired by Horn’s Bridge, creating a boat to sail on the Chesterfield Canal and exploring how train wheels stay on the track like at Barrow Hill Railway.
The museum staff will also be posting various local history videos and challenging you to guess some mystery objects. One of our collection officers has created a Historic Walking Trail around the town centre which you can print out and follow to learn about how Chesterfield has changed over the years.
The Museum team are currently appealing for members of the public to share stories, memories, images and items from lockdown, in order to add to the collection and help remember this unprecedented crisis and the impact it has had in Chesterfield.
To find out more and share your stories please contact the team via the Chesterfield Museum Facebook page or email the museum's collections team.