We receive a large number of research enquiries to which we reply in order of receipt. We aim to reply to enquiries within three weeks where possible, but are not always able to respond fully within that timeframe. For information regarding the Devonshire Collection Archives, please see our guides to the family papers and estate papers prior to submitting an enquiry or visit request.

Detailed enquiries

For detailed archival 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, and we cannot guarantee that the information you have requested will be found. If a fee is applicable, we will let you know on receipt of your enquiry.

Personal research 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, 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, so two weeks' notice is usually required.

Requests to consult library and archive collections at Chatsworth should be sent by email or in writing to the Archivist & Librarian. View contact details.

Requests to view works of art should be sent by email or in writing to the Collections Manager. View contact details.

Visits in 2020

If you would like to make an appointment to consult the Archives or Library in 2020, please note that our opening hours will be changing slightly. From Monday 6 January, we will be open on Mondays to Thursdays each week; the Study Room will be closed on Fridays and Bank Holidays. Our opening hours will be 10.30am-4.30pm.

Opening hours for consulting works of art will remain the same.

Fees for personal research visits

A 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 UK 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.

Application for access

In order to access the collections, please complete the application form below, by which you also confirm that you have read and agree to meet our conditions of access and Study Room regulations. On your first visit, you must provide photographic identification, such as a driving licence or passport, so that your application can be validated.

Please return your completed forms by email or post. View contact details.

On the day of your visit

When you arrive on the day, please report to the porter's lodge, which is to the left of 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.

Contact details

Postal address

Archivist & Librarian (for library and archive enquiries)
Collections Manager (for works of art enquiries)
Collections Department
Derbyshire DE45 1PP

Email addresses

For archive and library enquiries: archives@chatsworth.org

For works of art enquiries: collection@chatsworth.org

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