Delve into history at Chesterfield museum's virtual event

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Curious residents of Chesterfield are invited to learn more about the history of the town at a special virtual event later this month.

Chesterfield Museum will be hosting a virtual Local History Day on Saturday, September 12.

The annual event normally takes place at the museum with a variety of local and family history societies hosting stands with tips to help people with their own research.

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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 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.

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Some of the highlights will 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.

Chesterfield and District Family History Society will be also be explaining how to start researching your own family history.

The event will offer a selection of activities for the whole family, including ideas to help build a model of Chesterfield Parish Church Spire and creating a boat to sail on the Chesterfield Canal.

The museum team is currently appealing to 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, contact the team via the Chesterfield Museum Facebook page at or email [email protected].

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