Derbyshire Record Office has now re-opened as a joint service combining local studies and archives.
We are open 9.30am to 5pm weekdays and 9.30am to 1pm every Saturday (we are closed Sundays and Bank Holidays).
If you want to use a computer or microfilm (for looking at newspapers, parish registers, census, GRO indexes) we strongly advise you to book a reader's space in advance.
Please contact us on 01629 538347 or email email@example.com.
For consulting books or archive material, it is not necessary to book a reader's space, although if you want to pre-order up to three archival items before you arrive you can order by phone on 01629 538347 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org giving us at least 24 hours notice.
All documents must be returned by 4.45pm.
You can pre-order up to three archival documents before you arrive at Derbyshire Record Office if you know the document reference numbers.
All customers wishing to use the archive search room to view original documents, including maps, are required to register under the County Archives Research Network [CARN] scheme.
This is a national network of record offices that share one standard ticket system.
These tickets are free, are valid for four years and will give you access to any record office that belongs to the Research Network.
To register for a CARN Readers' Ticket, you will need to complete a brief registration form, and provide official documentation containing your full name, printed address and signature.
Acceptable documents include:
- A driving licence (containing name, address and signature)
- Passport, cash / cheque card, credit card (containing name and signature)
- Bank statement, utility bill, medical card, council tax statement, social security book (containing name and current address).
If you already have a CARN ticket, please bring this with you.
It is advisable to bring the necessary identification with you even if you do not anticipate using original material, as you may find that some material you wish to view can only be seen in the archive search room.
How to find us
A map of our location in Matlock is attached to this page for you to download.
If you are using a satellite navigation system, our postcode is DE4 3FE. There is a small car park on site. All post should still be sent via County Hall, DE4 3AG.
From M1 (south):
Take junction 28, then A38 to Alfreton.
Take the ramp to the roundabout for the A61, take 3rd exit (A61 north), and first left (A615) towards South Wingfield.
Remain on A615 through Wessington and Tansley to Matlock.
From M1 (north):
Take junction 29, then A617 to Chesterfield.
Take first exit at roundabout (A61, Derby Road). At traffic lights turn right on to St Augustine's Road/Whitecotes Lane and join A632; following it to Matlock.
Take the A6 to Buxton, continue on A6 through Bakewell to Matlock.
Various bus services pass through Matlock including the number X17 from Sheffield and Chesterfield; 140 from Alfreton and Ripley; 214 from Sheffield; 6.1 from Derby and Bakewell.
East Midlands Trains run a regular service from Nottingham and Derby to Matlock.
The nearest airports are Manchester, Robin Hood Doncaster, Birmingham or East Midlands.
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