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. These resources include documents, manuscripts, maps and photographs.
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 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.
Derby Records Office has a car park, which includes three disabled spaces.
If you wish to consult census returns, GRO Indexes, newspapers or parish registers on computer or microfilm, booking a reader's space in advance of your visit is crucial. You do not need to book a reader's space if you would like to consult books or archive materials.
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. You have to purchase a photography licence before you can take photographs of documents.
You are allowed to make your own paper copies from microfilm and microfiche, but the Office makes a charge to people using this service.
Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the building.
The Office's computers provide internet access.
You are welcome to use your own laptop in the Office, and power points are provided.
The building is fully accessible, with a ramp providing access to the building, and lifts available once inside. The building is completely suitable for wheelchairs.
If you are disabled, and wish to consult records on microfilm, the Office asks that you inform them in advance of your visit so they can give you a machine with easy access.
A break room is available in Derby Records Office, where you are free to eat your own food. A drinks machine is also accessible.
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 showing your name and address to register for a card.
When you arrive at the Office, you will be asked to sign the visitors book.