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We hope to be able to make much of the collection accessible in digital form in the new extension, opened in March 2012. At present photographs are being used in the "Eyam then and now" presentation.




Clarence Daniel's collection was examined and thoroughly catalogued by a small team of volunteers when Eyam Museum Ltd. was first formed. We had no premises, and it was carefully packed and stored with the Derbyshire Museums Service. When this became defunct, it was all moved to an office in Matlock, from where it was removed to the new museum in 1994.




When we retrieved the collection from Matlock, three boxes, including figured flint implements, were missing. It was Ros Westwood, of Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, who recognised our code number on some items she discovered in a basement at the Records Office, and they were returned to us. The incident demonstrated the value of the system of coding all museum items.



With a grant from East Midlands Museum Service, the catalogue was computerised, and all items stored in acid-free clear-plastic topped boxes or wallets. It is now kept in a temperature and humidity-monitored store.



Fretwork clock by Arthur Dane
The fretwork clock made by Arthur Dane, of Eyam

Rail chairs from mines in the Eyam area
Rail chairs, found in local lead mines

human jaw, flint scraper, and stone axe

The collection includes a great many fine worked flints and flakes, stone tools, and other artifacts.

brachiopod, blue john fluorspar, and a chert erratic

While Clarence Daniel worked for Glebe Mines he accumulated a large collection of fine local minerals. He collected fossils, and had a sharp eye for "erratics", which are rocks brought into the area by glaciers long ago.

Coins, medals and tokens
Roman coin - Constantius II, Eyam Pigeon Fanciers Assn. medal, 1941 farthing

This part of the collection includes coins from Roman times up to the change to decimal currency, and a number of medals, mainly from local organisations.

Clay pipes
clay tobacco pipes

Clay pipes are found everywhere, and some very early and interesting ones have been found, especially in old mine workings.

Eyam postcards

The postcards are fascinating. Most are of local scenes and events, and there is a large collection of postcards of Derbyshire show caves.

Historical Eyam photographs

Photographs cover local people, events, severe weather, buildings, mining, and much more. The collection continues to grow, and we now need a slide scanner!

Local documents

The documents reveal much about the history of the village. There have been some strange societies, such as the Eyam Association for the Prosecution of Felons, which still exists. Posters, wills, leases, and maps all form part of the document collection.


Pottery ranges from ceramic jars to many hundreds of pottery fragments picked up in the fields. There is even a small amount of Roman pottery from several local sites.


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