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Visiting Derbyshire Record Office

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

Record Office New Street

How to find us

Derbyshire Record Office
New Street

A map of our location in Matlock is attached to this page.

There's a car park on site, which includes 3 disabled spaces. If you're arriving by bike we have a cycle rack. If you're travelling by bus or train you can get more information by visiting our public transport pages.

Postal address

Derbyshire Record Office
County Hall

Opening hours

  • Monday: closed
  • Tuesday to Friday from 9:30am to 5pm
  • last Saturday of the month from 9:30am to 4pm
  • closed Sundays and bank holidays

We'll be open on the following Saturdays:

  • 25 January 2020
  • 29 February 2020
  • 28 March 2020
  • 25 April 2020
  • 30 May 2020
  • 27 June 2020
  • 25 July 2020
  • 29 August 2020
  • 26 September 2020
  • 31 October 2020
  • 28 November 2020
  • 19 December 2020


If you want to use a computer or microfilm for looking at newspapers, parish registers, census or GRO indexes, we strongly advise you to book a machine in advance.

For consulting books or archives, it's not necessary to book a reader's space. If you want to pre-order up to 3 archival items before you arrive, use our catalogue to tell us the document reference numbers.

Document orders are submitted at the following times, and available approximately 20 to 30 minutes later:

  • 10am
  • 10:45am
  • 11:30am
  • 12:15pm
  • 1:15pm
  • 2pm
  • 2:45pm
  • 3:30pm

Documents for the next day must be ordered by 3:30pm to be available when we open at 9:30am.

To contact us email: or tel: 01629 538347. If you're ordering documents for the same day or next day, we may not see your email as soon as it comes through.

When you arrive

Record offices or local studies libraries can seem a little confusing if you've never used one before. But from the moment you arrive staff are there to show you what to do.

When you first arrive staff will welcome you at reception and ask you to sign our visitors book.

If you're using the search room you'll be asked to leave all coats and bags (including laptop bags and handbags) in our secure lockers. These are on the first floor and are accessible by stairs or lift. If you're using the Local Studies Library you can keep your personal belongings with you.

You'll be asked to show us your CARN ticket if you're using the search room or your Derbyshire Library Card if you're using our computers. If you don't have either of these, staff will explain how to register for them. It's a good idea to bring some ID in case you do need to register for a card.