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Archives at Chesterfield Local Studies Library

Most original archives are now in the care of the Derbyshire Record Office but there are still many collections of interest at Chesterfield, either on microfilm or in their original form.


A small theatrical collection includes records of the former Chesterfield Civic Theatre.

It includes a comprehensive collection of press cuttings, programmes and photographs dating from its opening in 1949.

There is also a small collection of items relating to the Chesterfield Corporation Theatre.

There are examples of theatrical printing work by George Allen of Brimington including posters of the 1930s and 1940s era, and programmes of the Hippodrome Theatre.


Log books of some former Chesterfield schools and other records of the Chesterfield education system are held on microfilm.

There's also a collection of over 1,200 items relating to the Chesterfield Settlement, a recreational and adult education centre. The centre was started in 1902 by Violet Markham and closed in 1957.

Most of the material dates from 1940 and includes annual reports, 1904 to 1956, accounts and correspondence files. Family and estate papers.

The Twigg collection

This comprises approximately 500 items, including registers, receipts, deeds, farm accounts relating to Ashover and North Derbyshire. They date mainly between 1750 and 1880.

The Devonshire collection

This comprises over 800 letters, bills, receipts, and assessments, dated mainly in the 18th century. They relate to the Duke of Devonshire's estates in north Derbyshire.

The Barnes collection

This contains over 1,300 documents for the period 1620 to 1929. They concern the estates of the Barnes family of Ashgate, near Chesterfield, and the Brocksopps of Grasshill.

Various family papers and business records are included especially relating to the coal and iron industries.

Hunloke Estate

A few of the estate records of the Hunloke family of Wingerworth have survived, comprising 9 survey books from 1779 to 1945 showing properties and tenants.

Other collections

Chesterfield Library has numerous other small archive collections including:

  • the collection of R H Oakley of Holymoorside, relating especially to Eckington
  • the collections of local historians C C Hanford of Whittington and W E Godfrey
  • various collections of ephemera of Ernest Robinson and Colonel Victor Robinson
  • the scrapbooks of church warden Henry Ryde and his sister Mary Ryde