Learning

With over five miles of material dating back nearly 900 years, the Record Office collection is a unique resource for studying geography, science, personal, local and national history, citizenship, art and design, and more in Derby and Derbyshire.


Our Education Programme brings learning to life by putting the pupils in the driving seat, to be detectives and develop research and communications skills. The opportunity to experience original source material captures the imagination so that topics become more real to pupils as they relate to the local information.

Services available

  • Schools : 'History Detectives' and 'Explore More' workshops, resources for supporting learning across the curriculum
  • College and University students : support for project work and workshops including introductions to historical research and reading old writing
  • Teachers : guidance and advice on finding suitable resources, ordering copies and research, as well as workshops to find out more about our collections and how to use original resources in the classroom
  • Work experience: we offer a small number of placements each year for students in Year 10 and above. Students interested in a placement can find out more and fill in an application form on the work experience page of our website

Did you know…

There are over 100,000 images of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire available to search for free at Picture the Past (opens in a new window)? They can also be downloaded for free for educational use.