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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 9.30am to 5pm.

We're also open on the following Saturdays from 9.30am to 4pm:

  • 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

Bank holiday opening times

Derbyshire Record Office will be closed for bank holidays on the following days:

  • 2 June (Thursday), Spring bank holiday
  • 3 June (Friday), Platinum Jubilee bank holiday
  • 29 August (Monday), summer bank holiday
  • 24 December (Saturday), close at 1pm
  • 26 December (Monday), Boxing Day
  • 27 December (Tuesday), Christmas Day (substitute day)

Making an appointment

Due to essential building work taking place until summer 2022, our service may be limited so contact us to make an appointment before you visit. We may ask you to pre-order all the documents you need in advance as we don't have guaranteed daily access to our stores.

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

If you are unable to book in advance, call us on tel: 01629 538347 from 9.30am on the morning of the day you'd like to visit to see if we're able to accommodate your visit and retrieve any items from our stores.

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 will 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.

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.

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

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

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 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

We have an accessible toilet.

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

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

Site address

Derbyshire Record Office
New Street
Matlock
DE4 3FE

Postal address

Derbyshire Record Office
County Hall
Matlock
DE4 3AG