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The Midland Railway Study Centre is operated as a partnership between The Midland Railway Society (which incorporates The Roy F Burrows Collection) and Derby Museums.

Part of the Derby Silk Mill of Making, itself housed in a World Heritage Site, the Midland Railway Study Centre is the largest publicly accessible collection of primary research material and ephemera relating to the Midland Railway, its constituent companies and its enduring legacy on social history.

This site will help you find details about the Study Centre’s collections and how to access them. With an expanding range of on-line resources, it also provides a pathway for finding information relating to the Midland Railway, its activities and its people.

Please have a look around the site and if you think we can help, do get in touch. We hope to see you at the Study Centre soon.

The Temporarily Site is getting closer to readiness

Building work is taking place at Derby Silk Mill during 2018 & 2019 requiring the building to be completely emptied. We will be providing a Study Centre service from a Temporary Site from mid-May and will be moving back into the Silk Mill in 2020.

The office/reading room of the Temporary Study Centre as it looks in April 2018

The setting up of the Temporary Site is progressing well but there remains a fair bit of work to be done before we can welcome visitors. However, we are now able to offer appointments from mid-May. Unfortunately, due to circumstance beyond our control, we regret that we will be unable to operate the Study Centre at weekends.

It is still not possible for us to access any of our documents and while we are doing our best to assist with enquiries in the interim using the digitised resources we have at hand, a backlog has inevitably built up. These will be dealt with once we get access to the documents again and we will respond to new enquiries as soon as we can.

Our page about the Decant and the part we will play in the Derby Silk Mill Museum of Making, is being updated regularly as the project develops.

There are a wide range of downloadable resources for you to use on this web site

As we begin our exile from the Silk Mill so that the builders can do their work, access to our physical collection is unavoidably reduced. Therefore this is a good opportunity to detail the many and varied downloadable resources which allow you to research Midland Railway history without the need to actually visit us. We have therefore created a new...

Resources page provide some pointers to the various corners of this site which will help you find your subject of interest.

Meanwhile, as announcements about a lot of these resources previously appeared here on the front page, those items have been archived to our News page.

A collection of about two dozen rectangular luggage labels with the names of a wide variety of station names. Many are coloured purple, others are cream. An oval cast brass plaque with maroon background which reads 'Midland Ry Co. -  Makers  -  Derby, 1889.'

Older News...

Our News page has details of activities and stories from the recent past, including updates on the Silk Mill’s transformation into the Derby Silk Mill Museum of Making.

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Site last updated: 13:20 Monday, 23 April 2018