HOW WE CAN HELP YOU WITH INFORMATION
ABOUT THE MIDLAND RAILWAY
We have information — and we want to share it with you!
The Midland Railway Study Centre is full of cabinets like this one, each bursting with information about the many and varied aspects of Midland Railway history, operation and people.
We want to help you find it and use it.
While the Midland Railway Study Centre is set up first and foremost to be a research facility, it is very often the case that the information you want to find is already at or very near our fingertips. Many people visit us to carry out new and pioneering research into an area of history never previously examined. However, many more are quite reasonably following along some well-trodden ground. This can be especially so when researching your family history.
In such cases, it is quite possible that we are able to provide you with some or even all the information you seek without having to visit us here in Derby. In any event, a first step in any enquiry is for you to search our on-line catalogue for the subject or person you are interested in. Shorter, less-specific searches are best to start with, drilling-down into more specific questions if you find you get lot of results initially. You may well find there is something there which you can download that answers your question immediately.
The next stage would be to contact us. Email is by far the most efficient way to do so and you'll find our contact details at the bottom of each page on this site. When contacting us with an enquiry, besides obvious contact details, we need to know the following:
If you are researching your Family History and you have an ancestor who worked for the Midland Railway, please follow this link.
Alternatively, if Midland Railway locomotives are your interest, this link will help.
We will endeavour to give you a response very quickly, but ask you to bear with us as your enquiry will be dealt with by one or more volunteers whose spare time may be limited. For that reason, we reserve the right to levy a fee on commercial organisations requesting research — please contact us for details. There is no fee for private individuals.
To contact us:
The Midland Railway Study Centre
c/o Derby Museum & Art Gallery, The Strand, Derby, DE1 1BS
How you can help the Midland Railway Study Centre
There is no charge for individual private researchers to use the Study Centre, whether visiting in person or making email enquiries. Our volunteers receive no reimbursement, not even for travelling, as they are happy to help. However, there are overheads in operating the Study Centre and we have a responsibility to properly conserve the material we hold and use. To that end, if you have received assistance from us and wish to show your appreciation, we have added this PayPal button for your convenience. Donations made in this way go to the Midland Railway Society are are 'ring fenced' for use in the Study Centre. Thank you.
The Midland Railway Society is a Registered Charity - Number 1149613
Some other sources of information to help you...
The Kidderminster Railway Museum have an extensive collection of photographs covering the entire country, many originating from the Roy F. Burrows Midland Collection Trust. You can contact them via their web site.
Picture The Past is the North East Midland Photographic Record which holds the combined photographic collections of the local authorities of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. Their railway collection is extensive and the web site is well worth exploring.
The Signalling Record Society have an extensive archive and a Study Centre at Kenilworth, Warwickshire which they share with the London & North Western Railway Society. Find out more at the SRS web site.