Historical photos of Derby and Derbyshire

Delve into the rich history of Derby and Derbyshire with Picture the Past, an extensive collection of photos, postcards, glass plates and engravings from our county libraries. Our image library covers the last 100 years and more of history from the local community, industry, landscape and archaeology. Read information about each photo to discover more of the local story.

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Popular Themes

Use our curated themes to look through old photos relating to a topic, building or subject. We’ve included our most popular themes below to help get you started.

  • Photos of Chatsworth House, Derbyshire
    Featured theme: Chatsworth House

    Our Chatsworth House featured collection brings together stunning photos of this popular English Stately Home. Pictures, sketches and portraits capture this beautiful location. View the Collection;

  • Picture the Past image collection
    About the collection

    Picture the Past is working to digitise and preserve a large and varied library of historical photos of Derby and Derbyshire for the enjoyment of everyone. Read more…

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    Contribute to the Collection

    Do you have some interesting photos of locations in Derbyshire? If you would like to contribute to our our collection you can find all you need to know here. Read more…