Derbyshire Record Office holds an extensive collection of resources relating to the County which covers more than four miles and these are accessible free of charge. They provide the Archive Service for Derbyshire, Derby City and the Diocese of Derby. Professionally trained Archivists care for all the Documents in the Archive.
Documents come from many different sources, such as individuals, families and/or organisations, so will be useful whatever your research interest, whether you are researching the history of a house, studying family history or have an interest in local history. Resources held include census returns, parish registers, wills and testaments and quarter sessions records.
Their friendly and helpful staff are always on hand to offer advice should you have any questions or require assistance.
For information regarding their collections, please visit their Home Page and their resources page, from which it is possible to view an index of those mentioned in Calendars of Prisoners, and to peruse a searchable database of wills which are searchable by surname, year of probate and area.
Resources accessible from this page also feature access to transcripts and indexes of County Quarter Sessions records and to download A-Z guides of holdings. You can also peruse their on-line catalogue.
Opening Hours can be found by going to the appropriate sections of their Visiting Us page. The Archive has a car park, which includes three disabled spaces.
Booking a reader's space in advance of your visit is important, especially if you wish to use a computer or microfiche/microfilm reader. It is also possible to pre-order three items you wish to consult before you arrive.
It is possible to use a camera to take photographs of documents but there are restrictions on what documents you can photograph because of Copyright Law. Taking photographs of some documents is not permitted because they are fragile and can be damaged easily.
If you cannot visit in person, they offer a Research Service. They also provide a list of Record Agents, who, for a fee, can conduct research on your behalf.
Derbyshire Archives is a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network). If you wish to use the Office's computers, you are required to show your Derbyshire Library Card, which you can register for if you do not already have them. You have to show ID to register for a card.