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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 10am to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 4pm.

On weekdays the office closes 12:30pm to 1:30pm to allow for public areas to be cleaned. There is no public access to the building during this time.

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

  • 29 May 2021
  • 26 June 2021
  • 31 July 2021
  • 28 August 2021
  • 25 September 2021
  • 30 October 2021
  • 27 November 2021
  • 18 December 2021

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

Making an appointment

We're operating an appointment only system for visiting the Record Office and all archives and local studies material must be pre-booked.

Please contact us to discuss the availability of reader's spaces and the items you would like to consult, providing reference numbers if you know them. We're currently very busy and recommend that bookings be made at least 3 weeks in advance.

Items must be pre-booked at the time you reserve a reader's space. No bookings will be made until a list of items to be consulted is provided. Use our research guides and search our catalogue to find out what is available or contact us for advice.

Unfortunately, we can't guarantee every item will be available as all material will be quarantined after use and no items will be retrieved or exchanged on the day.

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. We can issue you with your new card when you visit, as long as you bring suitable ID. If you don't intend to bring ID, 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

Please wait outside to be called into reception. For your safety, only one visitor at a time will be permitted in the reception area.

If you are able to, you will be required to wear your own face covering during your visit.

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 2 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.

There are no tea and coffee making facilities.

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

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