The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is the national record of people who’ve shaped British history, worldwide, from the Romans to the 21st century. The ODNB currently includes the life stories of over 60, 000 men and women who died in or before 2014.
Of these 60, 000 people, nearly 950 have close ties to Derbyshire—through families, education, work or residence.
Here you’ll find some famous (and perhaps less-well-known) Derbyshire faces, including the artist Joseph Wright of Derby (above) and (below) the Tudor noblewoman Bess of Hardwick and one-time manager of Derby County FC, Brian Clough. Click on an image to read more. Then discover the 'who and how' in Derbyshire by searching the ODNB for people by place.
Who and how? in Derbyshire
As well as looking for people by name, you can also search by place, for example:
- which well-known people were born in Derby?
- which historical figures lived in Buxton?
- who went to school at Repton?
- how many times is the Peak District mentioned in the Oxford DNB?
- how many people in the ODNB died and were buried in Matlock?
- which famous people have links with Bakewell?
- which well-known protester has ties to Kinder Scout?
(NB: You'll need to be logged into your library's subscription for these searches.)
How do I search?
Finding people in the Oxford DNB is easy.
- to discover more Derbyshire people simply use the ‘place’ option on the People Search page. You can find people who were born, baptized, educated or resident in Derbyshire (or elsewhere), or who died and were buried here. Search by county, city, town, village, church, and even street.
- you can also search the ODNB’s 70 million words for places (e.g. Chatsworth). For this use Text Search.
We also have more tips on using the ODNB for local and family history.
What else does the Oxford DNB offer?
- Free biography podcast: as well as 58,200 life stories, the ODNB publishes a twice monthly biography podcast featuring some popular entries from the collection. There are now over 250 episodes in the archive. Recent highlights include Roald Dahl, George Orwell, John Lennon, and Margaret Thatcher.
- Follow us on Twitter for more historical figures in the news.
- Don’t forget: the ODNB online is available free—anywhere, anytime—via Derbyshire libraries: just type your library card number in the box here.