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College and university students at the Record Office

Free access to our collections is provided for everyone, and all students are welcome to visit as independent researchers.

We recognise that record offices can be daunting for those unfamiliar with how they work and offer workshops to make the experience more comfortable and productive. Each session can be adapted according to requirements, although additional charges may apply.

Introduction to source-based research

A practical introduction to finding, selecting, handling and using primary and secondary sources for research projects. Our collections support a range of subjects including history, environmental studies, geography and geology.

Length: 2 hours

Cost: £3 per student

Reading old handwriting

For students undertaking research projects requiring the use of documents in unfamiliar handwriting. Following a brief overview of the different hands from the medieval to modern periods, the workshop considers specific tools that can be employed to read the archives.

Length: 1 hour 30 minutes

Cost: £2 per student

Introduction to Derbyshire Record Office

Students will learn how to find the right sources, get advice on how to use them, and guidance on correct referencing procedures.

Length: 2 hours

Cost: £3