Derbyshire Record Office
Our new-look Record Office is now open to bring Derbyshire's fascinating past to life for residents, visitors and students.
What we do
We're responsible for Derbyshire's archives. These are original documents created by individuals, families or organisations in the normal course of their activities. Archives in record offices are cared for by professionally qualified archivists. Archives are an important source of original evidence.
We hold more than four miles of original Derbyshire records which you can view in our search room in Matlock. Information about what records we hold is on our Guides and Catalogues page, but it's not possible to view the records themselves on our website.
We carry out preservation work to ensure the records remain available to future generations. We also work with other county council departments to manage their current records.
Our helpful and friendly staff will be able to advise you how to use the search room. This includes how to find the information you are looking for and how to take your research further. If you would like some advice before your visit call 01629 539209 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may be interested in attending one of our 'Introductions to the Searchroom' sessions. For more information, please see our education pages.
What records do we have?
We have a vast collection of original Derbyshire archives which can be used for family, house and local history. You can now search online for archive collections we hold using our Record Office Guide.
Visit our records to check our source guides to types of records, such as parish registers and to search our online catalogue.
We are part of the CARN scheme
We are now part of the CARN (County Archives Research Network) registration scheme. If you are a registered Derbyshire Record Office user, we'll need to ask you to re-register with us. But if you already have a CARN ticket, please show it when visiting and you won't need to re-register.
These tickets are free, they're valid for four years and will give you access to any record office that belongs to the research network.
Our visiting us page includes opening hours and advice on planning your visit.
We provide the archive service for Derbyshire, Derby City and the Diocese of Derby. We hold a vast collection of original archive material relating to the county, and you can access it free in our search room in Matlock.
We can answer general enquiries about collections by telephone, post or email - see how to contact us for more details. For more complex or detailed enquiries, we offer a specialised search service. Copies of specific documents may be ordered from us using our copying services.
Members of the public can now take their own photographs of documents which are viewed in the record office through the photography service.
We have a range of items in our shop including tithe maps on CD, source guides, and conservation materials.
Find out about our introductory sessions, and our new online exhibitions which showcase special items from our collections. We also offer services for schools and teachers. This includes curriculum-based resource packs and individually tailored packs about the history of your school.
You can also keep up to date with news and discoveries on our blog (opens in a new window). We have recently featured discoveries of unusual names found amongst our records, including Apollonia Pinkey and Polly Esther Shirt.