Arch I’ve Conserved

Join us here at the Record Office on Thursday 23 November from 10.30 to 12.00 to celebrate Explore Your Archives week with a talk and demonstration on how we repair paper and parchment documents.  It’s a free event, but with limited places, so booking is essential. The easiest way to book a place is via our Eventbrite page, or call us on 01629 538347.

Please be aware that although the talk will be delivered in a room accessible via a lift,  the conservation studio – where the practical demonstration will be held – is on the second floor and can only be reached via stairs.

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Repairing The Past

Have you ever wondered whether storing those precious old family photographs in a shoe box under the bed is really the right thing to do? How do archives store their old documents, photographs and books? And what can be done when they’ve been damaged? Come to Derbyshire Record Office on Wednesday 26 March to find out as the Conservation Team presents ‘Repairing the Past’. Senior Conservator Lien Gyles will explain all about the way the team protects Derbyshire’s written history from pests, mould and other dangers; then join us behind the scenes in the Conservation Studio to see how paper can be repaired. You can even bring along your own family documents for individual advice on safe-guarding them for future generations.

Location: Derbyshire Record Office, New Street, Matlock, DE4  3FE                               Time: Wednesday 26 March, 2.00pm – 3.30pm                                                                   Cost: £3.00 (concessions £2.00)                                                                                             Places are limited – to book call Derbyshire Record Office on 01629 538347 or email

Be aware: the Conservation Studio is only accessible via two flights of stairs. However, the talk itself will take place in an easily accessible room, which is also where we will give advice about any documents you might like to bring.

Repairing the Past

A Day In The Life

Have you ever wondered what an archivist actually does? Then join archivist Mark Smith as he tells all about the fascinating and varied work in the daily life of the record office archivists.

Wednesday 26 February 2014
Derbyshire Record Office
£3/£2 (concessions)

To book a place call us on 01629 538347 or email us at We look forward to seeing you!

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