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Get involved at Derbyshire Record Office

If you'd like to get involved in the work of the record office, consider volunteering with us.


Volunteers provide an invaluable contribution to our service. If you're interested in getting involved, our range of volunteer roles can give you hands-on experience with our collections, help you to gain skills, meet new people, and improve your CV.

Most of our roles are behind the scenes, helping with listing and preserving the material in our collections. If you like working with customers, you can volunteer to be a history helper.

History helper

Use your computer and family history skills to help customers research their own family history. This role usually takes place one half day per week during our opening hours, to suit your schedule.

Preservation volunteer

On Thursday afternoons a small group of volunteers clean and package items in our collection. This role suits someone who enjoys craft based activities. At the moment we cannot take any more preservation volunteers.

Cataloguing volunteer

Help us to improve access to our collections by box listing our uncatalogued archives. Most of our cataloguing volunteers come to us on Mondays. You'll need to be methodical, accurate, comfortable using computers, and happy to work quietly on your own. This role would also suit people interested in pursuing archives as a career.

If you'd like to choose an uncatalogued collection to box list, take a look at the list on our online catalogue.

Work experience

We have a small number of school work experience placements available each year. These get booked up quickly, so if you're interested in a school work placement at the Record Office please contact us early by filling in the work experience application form.

If you're over 18 and interested in a career in archives we recommend that you start as a cataloguing volunteer. You'll also find more information about a career in archives on the Archives and Records Association website.

How to apply

Please see the details on each volunteer role attached to this page. If you're interested in any of the roles please contact us:

We'll contact you to let you know if an opportunity is available and ask you to come for an informal interview. You'll need to complete an application form and provide 2 contacts for references.

See our privacy notice to find out how we use your information.