The Midland Railway armorial device

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.

Housed within Derby’s Silk Mill, itself 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 Midland Railway Study Centre
is Temporarily Closed

Renovation work will be taking place at the Silk Mill during 2018 & 2019 requiring the building to be completely emptied. The process of moving our entire collection from the Silk Mill is continuing but we will be providing a Study Centre service from a Temporary Site. We will be moving back into the Silk Mill in Summer 2020.

A view of empty racking in the Study Centre store

We have now reached the point where it is no longer possible for us to access any of our documents at the Silk Mill. However, we will do our best to assist with enquiries in the interim using the digitised resources we have at hand. As we concentrate on the move, a detailed response to enquiries may take longer than we would ordinarily manage.

The layout of the Temporary Site is still being finalised so we are not yet able to detail the access arrangements for studying visitors for the duration of our exile. However, we will be able to offer appointments from some time in the Spring... until we start the process of moving back to the Silk Mill in early 2020.

We have created a page which provides more detail about the Decant and the part we will play in the Derby Silk Mill Museum of Making, which will be 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 gradual transformation into the Derby Silk Mill Museum of Making.

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Site last updated: 20:26 Wednesday, 7 March 2018