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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 currently open Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 5pm.

On weekdays the office closes from 1pm to 2pm to allow for public areas to be cleaned. There is no public access to the building during this time.

Christmas 2021 opening hours:

  • Friday 24 December 2021 - open from 10am to 1pm
  • Saturday 25 to Tuesday 28 December 2021 - closed
  • Wednesday 29 to Friday 31 December 2021 - normal opening hours apply

We're also open on the following Saturdays from 10am to 1pm:

  • 29 January 2022
  • 26 February 2022
  • 26 March 2022
  • 30 April 2022
  • 28 May 2022
  • 25 June 2022
  • 30 July 2022
  • 27 August 2022
  • 24 September 2022
  • 29 October 2022
  • 26 November 2022
  • 17 December 2022

Local studies, including the computer, book and microfilm rooms, remain closed.

Making an appointment

We're operating an appointment system for visiting the Record Office. Please contact us by email to book your appointment in advance.

When you book, you can pre-order up to 6 archive documents and any local studies items you need.

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

We're currently very busy and recommend that bookings be made at least 3 weeks in advance.

If you are unable to book in advance, there may occasionally be space available for you on the day. You can call us on tel: 01629 538347 on the morning of the day you wish to visit to see if any space is available. Our phone lines open at 9.30am. If you make a same-day booking, you won’t be able to order any items in advance.

If you prefer not to visit, our copying and research service is operating as usual.

Before you visit

All visitors need to be registered on the national Archives Card system. If you do not already have an Archives Card, please register for an Archives Card in advance of your visit and bring suitable ID with you so we can issue your new 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 feel unwell on the day of your visit, please call us to rearrange your appointment.

When you arrive

Our staff will be wearing masks and social distancing, and we encourage our customers to do the same to help keep everyone safe.

You'll be assigned a ground floor locker for your coat and bags, and you should wash your hands before consulting the material.

You'll also need to bring your own pencils and paper to take notes as these cannot be provided. Pens are not permitted.

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

Computer access

There are 3 public computers available which must be booked in advance. One to one assistance with computers is not available at present.

If possible, we recommend that you bring your own laptop or tablet and use our free wifi to access the internet, including the Record Office online catalogue.

Facilities and access

An accessible toilet is available.

We have a small car park is on site which includes 3 disabled spaces.

You can view more detailed information in the accessibility guide for Derbyshire Record Office.

We're currently unable to take any cash payments. Please pay using a contactless card whenever possible.

Site address

Derbyshire Record Office
New Street

Postal address

Derbyshire Record Office
County Hall