150 years of Derby libraries competition

Published: 8 June 2021

Leys Foundry Women at work

In celebration of 150 years of public libraries in Derby, we are launching a new competition. Writers, photographers and artists are invited to respond to one of five items selected from the collection at the Local Studies Library.

We have chosen a photograph of women at work in the 1920s, a traveller’s 17th century strip map, a Victorian advertisement for a bookseller’s circulating library, an 18th century prisoner’s petition and a letter home from a WWII airman stationed in India.

We hope that one of these items will inspire you and prompts your creativity! Take the people, places or plotlines, make them your own, and re-imagine these curated episodes from Derby’s history.

Your creative work can be a short story, a poem, an artwork or a photograph. Entries will be judged by the local studies team. A selection of entries will be compiled into an anthology, which will be published on our Derby History online archive. The top three entries will also be shared on our the Derby Libraries website 


How to Enter:

Visit the inDerby 150 libraries competition page to view digital copies of our chosen selection of items and download the entry form.

Complete the entry form and return it, with your work, by email to the Local Studies Library 

You can submit your work from Thursday 10th June to Thursday 8th July 2021.

Full terms and conditions can be found on the entry form.

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