Derbyshire merchandising and trade ephemera


 The Derbyshire ephemera project won the award for best Care and Development of Collections at the Derbyshire Heritage Awards.   

The awards which were held on 20th September at the Silk Mill in Derby celebrated the best of the county’s museums, historic houses and heritage sites. Find out more about the awards here. 


In early 2011 the Enlightenment! project hosted a post-doctoral research placement as part of Nottingham University’s Arts Graduate scheme. During the placement Dr Neil Howe undertook 120 hours of research into Derbyshire merchandising and trade ephemera held in collections in London and the East Midlands.   His search led him to (amongst others) the V&A, Bodleian Library, British Museum, Derbyshire Record Office and the University of Nottingham archive.

Neil discussed his findings at a public event at Belper North Mill on 19 July and his report is now available online – Enlightenment! Derbyshire – Survey of Ephemera Report (Web)

Duesury & Co Trade Card, © The Trustees of the British Museum

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