Local Heritage at Kirkby-in-Ashfield Library


The Local Heritage section at Kirkby-in-Ashfield Library is located on the First Floor, accessible by lift and stairs.

A view of the Local Heritage area at Kirkby-in-Ashfield Library taken with a fisheye lens.

The Collection

The collection contains a range of material relating to Kirkby-in-Ashfield and the surrounding area, with background material on Nottinghamshire and the East Midlands.

There are resources to help you trace:

  •          History of local places
  •          Recent local developments
  •          Transport
  •          Local industries/businesses
  •          Family history

The book collection has approximately 600 volumes, including publications from Kirkby and District Conservation Society and Kirkby Living Memory Group.

Some items are only available to be consulted in the library, but wherever possible we offer a loan copy of the title as well. The majority can be searched for on the library catalogue but some are not yet included. The Local Studies classification numbers can be used to find books on specific themes e.g. L90.2 Kirkby is the reference for titles concerned with the history of the town in general, but topics such as Mining or Railways have specific numbers – indexes are available, and staff will be able to help.

Periodicals and Newspapers

Periodicals include:

  • The Nottinghamshire Historian
  • Transactions of the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire (history and archaeology)
  • East Midlands History and Heritage

The library does not hold any copies of local newspapers on microfilm, although there may be relevant articles in titles accessible via Inspire’s FREE subscription to the British Newspaper Archive available in Inspire Libraries and at Nottinghamshire Archives. 
A list of Nottinghamshire titles in digital format on the British Newspaper Archive can be found here.

Trade Directories

Trade directories, from around 1820, include listings of local industries, and prominent people. The library has wide coverage of Nottinghamshire directories in microfiche format and a microfiche reader is provided.


Ephemera files have been compiled over many years containing news cuttings, leaflets and uncatalogued information on various themes, including local industries, biographies etc. arranged by theme.

The Photograph Collection

The photograph collection includes approx. 200 mounted images, covering the period from the 1850s to the 1980s and including local places e.g. Selston.
These are arranged by theme in filing cabinets and an index to the classification scheme is available.

Over 22,000 Nottinghamshire images have been digitised and are available on the Inspire Picture Archive.

Maps and Plans

The Library holds maps and plans covering the period from around 1790 to the early 21st century in a map cabinet.
These include Ordnance Survey large scale 6-inch and 25-inch plans (plus metric equivalents) of the area from c.1880,

Maps are available to browse. If you have a specific query about mapping please contact us direct via Ask Inspire.


The free access to Ancestry.co.uk in libraries and at Nottinghamshire Archives is the most convenient way of searching for Census information.

Parish Registers

Parish Registers on microfiche cover Kirkby-in-Ashfield (and surrounding parishes) from c.1621 into the Twentieth Century (where they survive).

Annesley, Linby, Newstead Abbey, Newstead village, Papplewick and Selston

A separate family history collection of some key titles to help with the process of researching family history is also available in general library stock.

For help with specific enquiries please contact Ask Inspire.

Archival Records

Archival records such as wills, diaries, original parish registers, business and personal correspondence etc. are held at Nottinghamshire Archives:

County House
Castle Meadow Road
Email: archives@inspireculture.org.uk
Tel: 0115 9581634