Local studies at Belper Library

At Belper there is a good selection of local history books available for loan and a reference collection containing classic county histories.


Resources available at Belper Library:

  • Trade Directories, a few in print and a full set on microfiche.

  • Local electoral registers from 1985 to 2001.

  • Belper Memories Book: a Belper news scrapbook 1884 to 1899, 1900 to 1908. 

  • Belper Library Scrapbook 50th anniversary 1937 to 1987. 

  • Monumental Inscriptions for local churches in Belper − St Peters, St Johns, St Swithuns, Belper Methodist, Duffield Baptist, Turnditch Church and Hazelwood's St John Church. 

  • Periodicals include the Herbert Strutt School "Scroll" magazine 1950s to 1970s (not complete), Derbyshire Life and Countryside complete set, Derbyshire Archaeological Journal 1987 to present, Belper Historical Society Newsletter, titled The Gangway, from 2000 to present and Church magazines  St Peter 1980 to 1987, 3 in 1 2000 to present and Omega 1992 to present.

  • Information files on local celebrities such as Timothy Dalton, Florence Nightingale and Narvel Annable. 

  • Newscuttings packs for all the surrounding villages. 

  • Newscuttings file for Belper events, people, history and industry begun in the early 1980s.

  • Belper News from 1896 onwards, which can be viewed on the microfilm reader and an index to the Belper News begun in July 2001. 

  • A free local paper, the Belper Express, is kept from 1989 to the present. 

  • Earlier newspaper history is partly covered by books of extracts taken from the Derby Mercury by the late Mr C. Huskinson. 

  • A fascinating, short-lived paper, the Belper, Alfreton & Wirksworth Advertiser 1843 on microfilm. 

  • Census returns, 1841 to 1901, which can be viewed on the microfilm and fiche readers, for Belper itself and a good number of surrounding villages including Belper, Milford, Duffield, Hazelwood, Mugginton, Quarndon, Turnditch, Weston Underwood, Denby, Holbrook, Horsley, Kilbourne, Heage, Ripley, Crich, Pentrich, South Wingfield, Alderwasley, Dethick, Lea and Holloway.

  • Strutt Mill School Records on microfilm (from originals at Manchester Archives).  Admissions Register Girls 1818 to 1839, 1848 to 1880.  List of children employed at the mills 1866 to 1884.  School Certificate books 1844 to 1858. 

  • A small number of old maps of Belper including copies of some Strutt estate maps. 

  • A collection of over 1,000 slides, postcards and photographs of Belper and some neighbouring villages.