County record office to close temporarily ahead of refurbishment

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Local history enthusiasts are reminded that Derbyshire Record Office and Derbyshire Local Studies Library will temporarily close from 21st December.

The seven-week closure will allow Derbyshire County Council to prepare for the two services, currently operating from County Hall, to merge and move into a newly refurbished building in New Street, Matlock.

The building is currently undergoing a major £4m expansion and refurbishment to increase archive storage space, incorporate the Local Studies Library and improve facilities and services for visitors.

It will bring together under one roof a wealth of historic resources for schools, students, researchers, family historians and the general public to access using the latest technology.

The building will house more than five miles of existing historic documents – some dating back nearly 800 years – with additional storage for a further three miles of shelving as the collection grows.

Derbyshire County Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Leadership and Culture Councillor Andrew Lewer said: “Our Record Office and Local Studies Library are two valued and popular services and bringing them together in this new state-of-the art development is a very exciting time.

“Despite a huge amount of work involved to move our extensive stock of records and archives, install computers and equipment and organise and prepare the building for opening, we have worked hard to keep the closure time to a minimum.

“Local people will be able to get help from other libraries while we are closed and meanwhile, for people who cannot visit us here in Matlock, we are progressing well with our work to digitise many unique resources to make them available to a global online audience.”

Derbyshire Record Office and Local Studies Library will close on Friday 21st December and the new building will open on Tuesday 12th February 2013.

During the closure visitors can use local studies services at county council libraries in Buxton, Chesterfield, Glossop, Ilkeston, Long Eaton, New Mills, Ripley and Swadlincote.

Special arrangements will be put in place for customers with an urgent need to access records or local studies material during the closure.

For more information or advice during the closure residents can call 01629 538347 or email record.office@derbyshire.gov.uk