Derbyshire Record Office

If you have followed our blog for a while, you will know that one of our favourite subjects is Sir John Franklin and his lost expedition to discover the northwest passage from the Atlantic ocean to the Pacific via the Arctic.

On 16 May 1845, the officers of Franklin’s expedition had their photographs taken by Richard Beard, who had been commissioned by Franklin’s wife, Lady Jane. A mounted set of the daguerreotypes probably produced after 1875 can be found amongst the many other papers of Franklin and his extended family in the Gell of Hopton Hall archive (ref: D8760), Franklin’s daughter Eleanor having married the Reverend John Philip Gell in 1849.

Photographic prints of the officers of the 'Erebus' and 'Terror' prior to departure in 1845. Derbyshire Record Office reference D8760/F/LIB/8/1/5
Mounted set of photographic prints of John Franklin and the crews of H.M.S. Erebus and Terror taken in May 1845, reference: D8760/F/LIB/8/1/5

Recently we discovered colourised images produced by Ross Day of a different set of the…

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