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Visiting us at the Temporary Site

Having vacated the Silk Mill we are delighted that our Temporary Site has reached the point where we are now able to welcome researchers.

Please contact the Study Centre Coordinator in order to arrange a visit.

Using the Study Centre is as simple as getting in touch with the Study Centre Coordinator — full contact details are listed below.

While we are in exile in our Temporary Site, facilities for visitors are not as extensive as they were in the Silk Mill — and will be once again from 2020. While we have immediate access to most of our documents, larger items including all rolled plans are stored elsewhere. This makes it all the more essential that potential visitors consult our on-line catalogue in advance.

Due to circumstances beyond our control we can only operate on weekdays and limited space means that we are only able to accommodate one visitor at a time (or a team-of-two at a push).

The site is around 15 minutes walking time from the railway station and is on a frequent bus route from Derby city centre (though not, unfortunately, a route which passes the station). Car parking is available.

We have scanning facilities and there is WiFi in the building. We can provide our visitors with a hot drink and a place to eat sandwiches. For the hardy/hungry, there's a bacon butty stand on the nearby trading estate.

The formal Conditions which apply to a visit to the Midland Railway Study Centre also apply to the Temporary Site. Directions and detailed access arrangements will be provided when arranging an appointment.

Even if a visit to the Study Centre turns out not to be the best way forward to deal with your question, we have other resources available to help. Please use the "What else we can do to help" button on any page.