Research enquiries

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 records

Members of the Chatsworth archives or curatorial teams can carry out searches of the records on your behalf.

For detailed research enquiries, a fee of £25 (including VAT) per hour's research conducted may apply. The fee covers the time spent on the search, not the results.

Please note that we cannot guarantee that the information you have requested will be found. If a fee is applicable, we will contact you for payment once we receive your enquiry.

Personal visits

If you wish to visit to access the archives and works of art that are not normally on display, this is strictly by advance appointment only. Please note the following:

  • Appointments can be made for Mondays and Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
  • The study room is open from 10am to 4.30pm.
  • The study room is closed on Tuesdays and bank holidays.
  • Space in the study room is limited. Two weeks' notice is usually required.

Requests to consult library and archive collections at Chatsworth should be sent by email or in writing by post to the Archivist & Librarian (details below).

Requests to view works of art should be sent by email or in writing to the Head of Arts and Historic Collections (details below).

Reading fees

A reading fee of £25 (including 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.

Please return your completed forms by email to collection@chatsworth.org or by post to:

Collections Department
Chatsworth
Bakewell
Derbyshire DE45 1PP

On the day

When you arrive on the day, please report to the porter's lodge, which is next to the entrance to the house.

You will be issued with a visitor's badge and you will be met by a member of the Devonshire Collections team who will escort you to the study room.

You must provide photographic identification such as a driving licence or passport on your first visit.

Library and archive enquiries

Enquiries regarding the library and archives should be sent by email or in writing to the Archivist & Librarian.

Archivist & Librarian
Collections Department
Chatsworth
Bakewell
Derbyshire DE45 1PP

Tel: +44 (0)1246 565 300 or email archives@chatsworth.org

Works of art enquiries

Enquiries regarding works of art should be sent by email or in writing to the Curatorial Team.

Head of Arts and Historic Collections
Collections Department
Chatsworth
Bakewell
Derbyshire DE45 1PP

Tel: +44 (0)1246 565 300 or email collections@chatsworth.org

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