Derbyshire Record Office

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Derbyshire Record Office
Derbyshire Record Office logo
Agency overview
Formed 1962 (1962)
Jurisdiction Derbyshire, City
Headquarters Derbyshire Record Office, New Street, Matlock ,Derbyshire, DE4 3FE
Agency executive
  • Sarah Chubb, Archives and Local Studies Manager

The Derbyshire Record Office, established in 1962, is the county record office for Derbyshire, England. It holds archives and local studies material for the County of Derbyshire and the City of Derby and Diocese of Derby.[1] It is situated in Matlock. The Record Office contains more than four miles of original Derbyshire records.[2]

Derbyshire County Council has been collecting records since 1889, but it was not until 1962 the Derbyshire Record Office was opened. In 2013 the Local Studies Library in Matlock joined the Derbyshire Record Office. To enable this to happen the building was refurbished and an extension was built costing £4 million.[3] The first County Archivist was Joan Sinar, previously County Archivist at Devon Record Office.[4] She was succeeded by Margaret O'Sullivan. The current Archives and Local Studies Manager is Sarah Chubb.

Archive Collection[edit]

  • Official records of the County council, City Council, Borough Councils, District Councils, Town Councils and Parish councils along with their predecessors
  • Records for hospitals, workhouses, police, local courts, schools, wills[5] and further education institutions
  • Diocesan and other church/parish records including the Diocese of Derby official records and registers for over 400 Anglican parishes. These include baptism, marriage and burial registers from the 16th century onwards[6]
  • Registers of baptisms, marriages and burials in non-conformist chapels from the 17th century onwards
  • Other archives from Derbyshire industries, businesses, societies, charities, estates, families and voluntary groups
  • Manuscript and printed plans from the 17th century onwards including estate plans, tithe maps, enclosure maps and early ordnance survey maps

Local Studies Collection[edit]

Picture the Past[edit]

Picture the Past is a project based in Derbyshire Record Office aiming to digitise the images from the libraries, museums, archives and personal collections in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, and Nottinghamshire.[8] They are doing this in order to make them accessible to the public while also preserving the images. The project is jointly managed by the local authorities of Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, and Nottinghamshire with financial assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund.[9]


Further reading[edit]

  • Ferguson, Joan. 'The early days of the Derbyshire Record Office'. In Riden, Philip & Edwards, David G. (eds.), Essays in Derbyshire history: presented to Gladwyn Turbutt (Derbyshire Record Society, 30) (Chesterfield: Derbyshire Record Society, 2006), 266-80

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