Derbyshire Record Office workshops for schools

The workshops available for key stages 1 to 4 have been specifically designed around the National Curriculum and are inspired by and feature original documents from your local area.


All workshops provide the opportunity for pupils to handle original source material, and are adapted according to key stage, desired learning outcomes and resources for your area. Workshops can be delivered at the Record Office or at your school. See our information on costs and bookings.

What is history?

An introduction to where history comes from and how we know what happened. Using original source material from their own local area, pupils will investigate what life was like in the past and how it has changed over time. Typical sources include: census, trade directories, parish registers, maps and photographs.

My town/village

Develop your pupils' sense of identity through a study of their own town or village. Using real historical documents from their own local area, discover what the town/village used to look like, who lived there, what work they did and how they lived. Typical sources include: census, trade directories, parish registers, maps and photographs.

My school

Created specifically for your pupils using the original archives of your school. Content is guided entirely by the information in those archives and others relating to your local area. Typical sources include:

  • log books
  • photographs
  • punishment books
  • newsletters.

Explore more

Investigate the town of Matlock using original source material and practical fieldwork activities. A selection of documents for your area will be copied for you to use back at school. This is available for Key Stage 2 only. Typical sources include:

  • trade directories
  • maps
  • photographs
  • newspapers.

Derbyshire during World War One

Using original sources, pupils will investigate how World War One affected Derbyshire and its residents. According to your requirements, the workshop looks at the introduction of rationing in 1918, local soldiers, the role of women, recruitment and school life during the war. Typical sources include:

  • photographs
  • school log books
  • recruitment posters
  • ration books.

As part of our digitisation programme, a number of our resources can now be viewed via our online catalogue: First World War documents online (opens in a new window).

Related documents

The following documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF). You can download software to view PDF documents for free from the Adobe website (opens in a new window)