Illustrations

Chesterfield library has a collection of around 20,000 photographs and slides.

The photographs show Chesterfield and Derbyshire from around 1880 to the present day. A small collection of engravings takes the visual record back another century.

Among the interesting images are over 800 Then and Now mounted photographs deposited by the local photographic society. These show old street scenes with matching views taken in modern times. 

Another interesting collection are 3,000 theatrical photographs from the former Civic Theatre dating from 1949. Some show national celebrities appearing on the local stage.

Many of Chesterfield's old photographs and engravings can be seen on the Picture the Past (opens in a new window) website.