Local Interest
Dr Harry Morrow Brown
Strutt’s Park includes the home of the world-renowned Derby doctor Harry Morrow-Brown – who, through his pioneering research, helped millions of asthma and allergy sufferers world-wide. He died in 2013 at the age of 96 having lived and worked in Highfields House for over 40 years. We all now know, either through personal experience or that of a friend or family member, how effective ‘puffers’ - steroid inhalers - are. It was Doctor Morrow-Brown, working from his home laboratory, who first demonstrated their effectiveness, despite the scepticism of the medical establishment.

Dr Harry Morrow Brown 1917-2013 was born in Scotland, near Gleneagles. He qualified at Edinburgh University in 1939 and joined the army at the start of the Second World War in October 1939. In 1942 he was drafted to India and finished the war responsible for the health service for half of Ceylon. He was demobilised with the rank of Major.

After various appointments in Scotland, he took, in 1953, a position as a Consultant Chest Physician in Derby. At first, he was dealing mainly with tuberculosis sufferers but his focus soon changed to asthma and allergy. It was in Derby that Dr Morrow-Brown developed his lifelong interest in asthma and its allergic causes. His single mindedness was illustrated early in his career when he refused to accept a Medical Research Council trial which decided steroid tablets were not helpful in the treatment of chronic asthma. He explained “Using my old student’s microscope, I devised a test which enabled me to distinguish in minutes between allergic asthma with eosinophil cells – which respond to steroids – and chronic bronchitis, which does not. The results of my trial, the very first to show only the wheezy patients with eosinophil cells in their sputum were helped by steroids, was published in the Lancet in 1958 – but attracted no attention from the council or anyone else.”

An important step for Dr Morrow Brown was the founding, in 1968, of the Midlands Asthma and Allergy Research Association (MAARA). This funded research, particularly developing strong teams in aerobiology - the study of airborne microorganisms, pollen, spores, and seeds, especially as agents of infection, irritation and allergic reactions. He was an early researcher on nano-particles and their role in pathology.

He was particularly interested in the causes and diagnosis of allergies and developed a needle for Skin Prick Testing which became commercially available and continues to be widely used to determine individual allergy problems. The identification of allergens is particularly important for those who have strong reactions as it allows them to avoid their causes and so reduce their need for steroid treatments. He was a pioneer in the study of the development of allergies and asthma in children, babies and even before birth. 
 
Dr Morrow Brown summed up his life "I have carried out research projects in allergy and in aerobiology for over 50 years. My objective has always been to find the cause rather than suppress the symptoms with drugs."

Dr Morrow Brown died on 22nd of August 2013 aged 96. He saw his last patient in 2013.
 
Thanks to the HouseDustMite.com and Caroline Jones of the Derby Evening Telegraph who provided information for this article.
Marion Adnams
Marion Adnams spent most of her life based in Strutt‘s Park. She was born on 3 December 1898 at 22 Otter Street, Derby, the only daughter of John Adnams and his wife, Mary Smith.  Her artistic interests were encouraged from an early age by her father, himself a woodwork teacher at Derby School. After attending Parkfield Cedars School in Derby, she expressed a desire to study art but was instead urged to study languages at University College, Nottingham where, in 1919, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Modern 
Languages.

Between 1927 and 1930, Adnams travelled to Belgium, France, and Italy, creating woodcuts of the architecture she encountered en route, and exhibiting them to some acclaim at Derby Art Gallery and with the Derby Women's Art Club. She began her career not as a language teacher, but as art mistress at Derby's Central School for Girls before being recommended for a transfer to the newly opened Homelands Grammar School for Girls, Derby, in October 1937. She was appointed senior lecturer at Derby Diocesan Training College in 1948, where she rose to become Head of Art.

Between 1938 and 1970 Adnams painted the surrealist works for which she is principally known, exhibiting at the British Art Centre in London, alongside Duncan Grant, Augustus John, Henry Moore, Jacob Epstein, and Eileen Agar. In 1944 she exhibited her work at the Modern Art Gallery in London, alongside Jack Bilbo and Max Ernst. In 1939, she sold her first painting, The Living Tree (1939), to Manchester Art Gallery for inclusion in their Rutherson Collection of Modern Art for Schools.

The further sales of her paintings to Derby Art Gallery from 1945 and to the Salford Museum and Art Gallery and Nottingham Castle Museums from the early 1950s ensured her work a measure of public presence. Adnams retired in 1960 aged sixty-one, using her time to develop her art in new directions. She acquired a second home in France, producing paintings and drawings influenced by the landscape of Provence and surrounding areas. In 1966 she painted a series of murals for Immanuel Church in Stapenhill, near Burton upon Trent.

In 1970, at the age of seventy-one, she became partially blind. As her condition worsened, she was left unable to paint. She died in Derby on 24 October 1995, aged ninety-six. Her funeral was held at Derby Cathedral on 2 November 1995, before burial at Nottingham Road Cemetery in Derby.
Strutt's Park Roman Fort
The Wikipedia page ‘Strutt's Park Roman Fort’ provides an outline and context for a first Century fort in the area – preceding the later and better preserved settlement on the other side of the river in Little Chester (Derventio Coritanorum).

Much more detail can be found in the Derbyshire Historic Environment Records which contains details of the archaeological investigations, finds and summaries in the area.

A summary of the Roman finds in the area can be found here:

      Roman Fort and Vicus (site of), Strutt's Park, Derby

Some of the other entries for Strutts's Park are:

      Roman brooch and pottery, 93 Belper Road, Derby

      Area of Roman Derby

      Roman Road Metalled Surface – 190 Duffield Road 
 
There are three summary reports: 

      ‘Recent Work At Strutt's Park, Derby’ by Martin Forrest from 1967

      ‘First Century Roman Occupation At Strutt's Park, Derby’ by M. Brassington from 1970

      ‘The Roman Roads Of Derby’ by M. Brassington from 1981

An archive of the Derbyshire Archaeological Journals dating back to 1879 can be found here
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