Archives and works of art
Enquiries about the library and archive at Chatsworth should be directed by email or in writing to the Archivist & Librarian.
Enquiries about objects and works of art at Chatsworth should be directed by email or in writing to the Curatorial Team.
Please be aware that we receive a high volume of enquiries, which we answer in order of receipt. We aim to respond to all enquiries within two weeks, but at busy times a full reply may take longer.
Searches of the records can be carried out by the archivist or curatorial team. For detailed research enquiries, a fee of £25.00 (inc. VAT) per hour's research conducted may apply. It covers the time spent on the search, not the results. We cannot guarantee that the information you have requested will be found. If a fee is applicable payment will be requested following receipt of an enquiry.
Personal visits and reading fees
Access to the archives and works of art not normally on display is strictly by advance appointment only. Appointments can be made Monday and Wednesday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays), 10.00am to 4.30pm. Please note that the study room is closed to bookings on Tuesdays.
Space in the study room is limited and it is essential to book in advance. A minimum two weeks' notice is usually required. Requests to consult library and archive collections at Chatsworth should be directed by email or in writing to the Archivist & Librarian. Requests to view works of art should be directed by email or in writing to the Head of Arts and Historic Collections.
A reading fee of £25.00 (inc. VAT) is charged per person, per day or part of day. The department reserves the right to vary this fee. Payment must be made, in cash or by sterling cheque drawn on a London bank, at the end of the visit. Cheques should be made payable to Chatsworth House Trust. Please note that we are unable to accept payment by credit card. For extended research reduced rates may be available on application to the Archivist.
You will be required to complete an application for access form, agreeing to meet our conditions of access and study room regulations. On your first visit, you must also provide photographic identification, such as a driving licence or passport, so that your application can be validated.
If an appointment is made, please report on arrival to the Porter's Lodge, next to the entrance to the House, where you will be issued with a visitor's badge and met by a member of the Devonshire Collections Department.