Picture of past

Past Times: Derbyshire County Council Local Studies Librarian Ruth Sharpe, Nick Tomlinson of Picture the Past, Hannah Siddall, five, and Isabella Pilia, seven, have fun dressed in their Victorian finery at the Picture the Past event at Belper Library.
Past Times: Derbyshire County Council Local Studies Librarian Ruth Sharpe, Nick Tomlinson of Picture the Past, Hannah Siddall, five, and Isabella Pilia, seven, have fun dressed in their Victorian finery at the Picture the Past event at Belper Library.

EXCITED people — young and old — went along to Belper Library to be transported back to Victorian times.

As part of the celebrations to mark the tenth anniversary of the Derwent Valley Mills being declared a World Heritage Site, visitors to the library on Bridge Street could have their photographs taken in Victorian fancy dress.

Families and individuals dressed up to pay just 25p for a snap. One woman was particularly excited by the event and revealed she also collected Victorian underwear!

The library also hosted trace your ancestor sessions, history classes, a photo quiz, and photo displays.