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Visiting Derbyshire Record Office

Derbyshire Record Office is a joint service combining local studies and archives.

Record Office New Street

We're open Tuesday to Friday from 9.30am to 5pm.

We're also open on the following Saturdays from 9.30am to 4pm (the archive search room will be closed from midday to 1pm):

  • 27 July 2024
  • 31 August 2024
  • 28 September 2024
  • 26 October 2024
  • 30 November 2024
  • 28 December 2024

Making an appointment

You are welcome to visit us without making an appointment. However, booking advance is advisable, especially if you require a larger table on which to consult maps. Please contact us to make an appointment.

You're welcome to pre-order 3 documents in advance of your visit, so do include these reference numbers when calling or emailing us. We can take pre-orders by phone no later than 3pm the day before your visit (if visiting on a Tuesday that would be by 3pm the previous Friday). Orders received the day before by email cannot be guaranteed.

Use our research guidesand search our catalogue to find out what is available or contact us for advice.

If you'd prefer not to visit, you can use our copying and research service.

Before you visit

We're part of the national Archives Card system. You'll need to register for an Archives Card if you don't already have one and want to view original archive documents. Bring suitable ID with you so we can issue your new card when you arrive.

If you don't want an Archives Card, please still register on the system so that we'll be able to log your visit. See our privacy notice for more information.

If you just want to use our local studies library, public computers, and microfilm machines, you don't need an Archives Card.

When you arrive

The windows will be open to ensure fresh air is being circulated.

Please use the lockers for your coat and bags and wash your hands before consulting the material.

Please bring a pencil as pens are not permitted. If you forget your pencil, you can buy one at the Record Office.

You can use your own device to take photographs of material in the collections.

Microform machines

If you'd like to look at newspapers, parish registers, or other material on microfilm or microfiche, we recommend that you contact us to book a machine before you visit.

Computer access

There are public computers available. You can bring your own laptop or tablet and use our free wifi to access the internet, including the Record Office online catalogue.

Facilities and access

We have an accessible toilet.

There are 3 disabled spaces in our on-site car park.

Site address

Derbyshire Record Office
New Street

Postal address

Derbyshire Record Office
County Hall