Research Library

The museum library boasts thousands of books, magazines, journals and manuals covering a broad variety of topics on rural life and agricultural practice including animal husbandry, herd books, mechanisation of farming, and crop varieties. Texts range from nineteenth century volumes to more recent publications.

Our archive collection comprises material relating to agriculture and rural life in the region. It includes a substantial Women’s Land Army collection, plans relating to the Derwent Valley Light Railway, administrative documents, rural estate records, legal and probate documents manufacturer’s accounts, advertising and promotional material, and manorial documents as well as personal collections. The material in the collection presently spans the early eighteenth century through to the late twentieth century.

Our image collection consists of thousands of photographs and slides depicting many aspects of work on the farm and rural life.

The library and archive are open to the public by appointment. Photography and photocopying are allowed for a small fee.  Please contact us here for further information or to make a booking. (Please note that as we are a small organisation it is always wise to plan and book your visit well in advance to avoid disappointment).

Please note that access to the library is currently by staircase only, apologies for any inconvenience.

The library is also available for room hire – please refer to the Venue Hire page.