Has your school been learning about the history, geology or art of the Peak District? Use this challenge to upload and share your work; from stories and articles to photography and artwork. For more information, or inspiration, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Wonders of the Peak collection is being added to every day by our staff, experts and the public. Our Challenges are one way for us to ask you for help to expand and refresh our Wonders.
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We've recently catalogued a collection of postcards featuring cartoons in and around the Devonshire Royal Hospital, Buxton. A short description on the back notes that:
The drawings used on these Cards are by Private Jones (Welsh Fusiliers), a patient at the Devonshire Hospital, Buxton[caption id="attachment_6814" align="alignnone" width="565"] Convalescent! (PC 704) CC BY-NC 4.0[/caption] The postcards are dated 1917, and seem to feature the signature of Private Jones, possibly 'E L', or 'F L' Jones. Many soldiers cane to Buxton during the first world war and it seems Private Jones documented his experience through these sketches and cartoons. We'd love to know more about Private Jones, or even his stay in Buxton. Do you know anything about him? Perhaps you fancy a little research? Let us know! Scroll down to the bottom of this page to contribute. [gallery link="file" size="large" ids="6818,6817,6816,6815,6814,6813" orderby="rand"]
We've been looking at this photograph in our collection, it's described as 'Railway workers outside Buxton Railway Station'. As Buxton had two stations we assume it's the Midland Railway one due to the 'MR' on their hats. What we don't have for this photograph is a solid date. When do you think this was taken? Do you recognise any of the men? Do you have any personal memories of the Midland Railway Station before it was demolished?
We want to hear your theories on a Bronze Age mystery. Thor's Fissure, a cave in the Manifold Valley, was excavated by the Peakland Archaeological Society between 1927 and 1933. They found many objects during the dig, including a most unusual find - three dolphin bones, many miles from the sea. It is thought the bones were placed in the cave 3,000 to 4,000 years ago, during the Bronze Age. You can read more about this unusual find HERE. We want to hear your theories and suggestions as to how the these bones may have ended up in the cave. It can be as imaginative as you like! But remember, the shape of the Bronze Age landscape was much as it is today, so the cave was already many miles from the sea.
In honour of our upcoming Finds Day on 10 March 2018, we've relaunched our Peak Discoveries challenge! Have you ever found something amazing or mysterious while exploring the Peak District? Maybe you turned over a stone to find a fossil, or found some strange shaped flint in a mole hill? Maybe you were taking part in an archaeological dig, or maybe it was a chance find while walking? We want to hear your stories. What did you find? Where did you find it? What happened to it? Do you know what it is? We'll be sharing the most memorable discoveries through this website and the Pocket Wonders app. So keep your eyes peeled to see if yours is picked. The collections at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery are full of artefacts discovered by local people. This tradition goes all the way back to foundation of the museum in the late 1800s. The advert above, from the early 1900s, encouraged local farmers to report their archaeological finds to the museum. Click below to respond to the challenge and tell us what you found. Why not come along to our Finds Day on 10 March 2018 to get your object identified and recorded? If you want to find out more, need some advice, or are thinking about donating an object to the museum, please e-mail email@example.com or call 01629 533540.