On this page you will find various useful links. Below is a selection of links that may be useful. The Trust cannot be held responsible for the content of external websites.

Our VCH national website

Visit the Victoria County History at the Institute of Historical Research to find out about English-wide activities. There’s useful links to other counties where VCH is active.

Our sister organisations:

Derbyshire Record Society (DRS) was established in 1977 to publish edited texts, monographs and pamphlets relating to the history of the county. Since then it has issued 37 hardback volumes and eight Occasional Papers. Several new titles are in preparation. There is no fixed interval between publications, but the society tries to produce a book every year. A public meeting, usually with a lecture by the book’s editor, marks the appearance of each title.

The most recent title is an edition of the 1638 Muster Book for Derbyshire. This lists men in each township who were required to appear, suitably armed, at the musters that year. Muster Books are an invaluable source for family and population history, and this will be the first example for Derbyshire to be published.  The book is being published in two parts. The first part (the index and introduction) is available now. A second part – a transcription of the actual muster book – will be published later in 2021.

Merton Priory Press is an independent publisher of academic and mid-market history including new titles and reprints. It has undertaken publication ‘Chesterfield Streets and Houses’ spin-off book on behalf of the Derbyshire VCH Trust.

Other useful links:

Below is a selection of links that may be useful. The Trust cannot be held responsible for the content of external websites.

Bolsover Civic Society – Established in 1979 the society aims to stimulate public interest in the area. It has researched and published a number of local history books, pamphlets and walk leaflets on the Bolsover area.

Chesterfield and District Civic Society – in addition to continuing ‘…to persuade, cajole, and when necessary confront our local councils,  to make the area a better place to live, work and enjoy life’ the society also publishes historical information on Chesterfield area buildings and townscape, mainly through their website and newsletter.

Chesterfield and District Local History Society – The society’s website covering Chesterfield and district.

Chesterfield Canal History Archive – Canal historian Christine Richardson’s archive resource devoted to the canal.

Chesterfield Canal Trust –  The aims of the Chesterfield Canal Trust are to promote the full restoration and appropriate development of the Chesterfield Canal. It also campaigns for the construction of the Rother Valley Link, a navigable waterway to join the Chesterfield Canal to the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation.

Derbyshire Archaeological Society – The county archaeological and local history society. Its website contains links to over 100 years of digitised back editions of the society’s Journal and its local history publication Derbyshire Miscellany.

Derby Local Studies and Family History Library – The library contains not only material relevant to Derby but elsewhere in the county.

The Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust has, since 1974, been responsible for the rescue of many historic buildings throughout Derbyshire. The Trust rescues ‘buildings at risk’ in order to get them restored and put to a viable and active use.

Derbyshire Local Studies Libraries – Information about local studies library services in the county.

Derbyshire Record Office – at Matlock provides the archives and local studies services for the county, bringing Derbyshire’s fascinating past to life for residents, visitors and students.

The Friends of Cromford Canal aim is to see the restoration of the historic Cromford Canal for the benefit of the general public. 

North East Derbyshire Industrial Archaeological Society – NEDIAS (for short) serves those interested in the rich industrial history and archaeology of the broader Chesterfield and north-eastern Derbyshire area.

The British Association for Local History has a page on their website listing Local History Groups in Derbyshire.

Page last updated 3 March 2022.