Making history

Laying The Foundations: Strategic Director of Cultural and Community Services Martin Molloy and Cllr Andrew Lewar lay the foundation stone at the new site for the Derbyshire Records Office as staff and members of Wates Construction look on.

Laying The Foundations: Strategic Director of Cultural and Community Services Martin Molloy and Cllr Andrew Lewar lay the foundation stone at the new site for the Derbyshire Records Office as staff and members of Wates Construction look on.

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WORK has begun on a site which will centralise all Derbyshire’s historical documents.

The £4 million redevelopment of the Derbyshire Record Office started with a foundation laying ceremony at the New Street site, in Matlock.

Derbyshire County Council has splashed the cash to create a two-storey extension on the building, providing state-of-the-art storage for the county’s precious records, as well as improved visitor facilities .

The new and improved facility is set to be completed in March 2013, until then the record office is operating out of a temporary building at County Hall, in Smedley Street, Matlock.

Documents held on microforms, DVDs and CDs, such as parish registers, are available to the public from the library in Bank Road, Matlock.