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Archive Project

33 - members of the Hobhouse Committee - Ethel left, John Dower centre

The archive project helps people discover our work to protect the Peak District and South Yorkshire countryside. Our efforts span 100 years and together we have created a thriving countryside.

The archive is a treasure trove of historical documents, capturing the essence of a thriving countryside.

It houses a vast collection of letters, notebooks, drawings, diaries, news cuttings, and over 10,000 photographs. These photographs provide a fascinating glimpse into the inter-war period, showcasing billboards, housing development, litter, industries, and traffic.

The archive also contains valuable details of campaigns that have shaped the landscape of the Peak District and South Yorkshire. Since its establishment in 1924, the charity has been at the forefront of these campaigns, making a significant impact on the countryside.

Funding to preserve the archives

In 2019 we received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £39,100. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players we were able to capture the history of the charity.

Commenting on the award, Tomo Thompson, Friends of the Peak District CEO, said: “It’s great that we’re going to be able to share the story of our charity and the key role our predecessors played in the national countryside campaigning movement.”