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Picture the past

The libraries and museums of Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire have in their collections, hundreds of thousands of historic photographs, slides, negatives, glass plates, postcards and engravings recalling the history of the local communities over the last hundred years and more.

In the past, these treasures were held in filing cabinets and anyone who wanted to see them would have to make a trip to the library or museum - perhaps to several different locations. The four authorities are now working in partnership to digitise the images and make them available on the Internet, through this unique website.

The project began when staff from the four library authorities put their heads together to come up with ways of making the collections more easily accessible to everyone, while protecting the images, many of which are fragile and irreplaceable, from wear and tear. The grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, backed up with funding from the four councils involved, is enabling people all over the world to log on and see the collections, while ensuring that the originals are properly conserved for future generations.

Users of the Picture the Past website are able not only to see the images they are interested in, but also to print copies if they wish. A printed copy from a home computer is perfectly adequate for homework or study purposes, but for those users wanting to own a top quality glossy photographic copy the Website includes an on-line ordering service.

On the site are old photographs of our parish and area.

Links to this and other sites of interest can be found on the About Crich page of this website, towards the bottom.