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Using Hi-Resolution Digital Images for Public Reproduction and Commercial Use

Thank you for your interest in obtaining digital copies of our images. We can supply most of our images as high-resolution TIFF's or JPEGS (up to 300dpi and sized at around A4). The file size is around 25MB as an RGB TIFF but this can be scaled down according to your needs.

Depending on how, and where, you intend to use them there may be fees to pay. These can be confirmed by contacting us using the details below.

Non-commercial use is where the images are to be used for the benefit of the local community or by non-profit making organisations. Examples include parish magazines, newsletters, blogs and social media etc.

Semi-commercial use is where the images will be used as decoration or for public display in a commercial environment. Examples include pub wall decoration, interpretation boards, leaflets etc.

Full Commercial use is what we use to describe reproduction of images in commercial print or perhaps in a transmission or projection. Examples include use on TV, in advertising, commercial books etc.

Around 80% of our images are already rights-cleared for full commercial use and these are identified on the website by a green button with a tick alongside them -

Some images display a blue button with a question mark - These are usually where the copyright owner wishes to be contacted before allowing use.

There are a few images that display a cross in a red button and these are used to denote images that need their provenance checking before being supplied.

You can pre-select images that you're interested in using by clicking any one of these buttons where they appear under the thumbnail images. This will automatically place it in a shortlist and allow you to select more images. Once you've compiled your list you can add your contact details and click 'send' to email it through to us. We'll check the list of images and confirm the cost by return email for your approval.

Timescales - We aim to respond to commercial order requests either the same day or the next working day but it does help if you include an idea of the deadline you're working to and give us as much advance warning as possible. Once payment is taken the images will be dispatched as soon as possible, usually the same day.

Note: Images marked with or will need to have their provenance checked before we can supply them as they may be subject to copyright or need the permission of the owners before being used. This may lengthen the time it takes us to process your enquiry so, if you need images in a hurry, please try to select only those with a .

Delivery - hi-res images will normally be sent via a transfer website called WeTransfer which enables us to upload the images and for you to download them at your convenience. This saves the problem of filling up inboxes and problems with network firewalls etc.

If you wish to make an enquiry or get an idea of prices without selecting images first you can submit an e-mail directly to or by contacting us using the details below:

Picture the Past
Derbyshire Record Office
Derbyshire County Council
County Hall
Tel: +44 (0)1629 533809

As a non-profit making project, any money we make from the sales of images goes back into the continued preservation of further images.


High-resolution digital copies are supplied in either TIFF or Jpeg format for a charge of £8.00+VAT (£9.60 inc) per image. There is also a one-off charge of £10.00+VAT (£12.00 inc) for administration and delivery, however, if you pay by cheque or credit/debit card in advance we can waive the admin charge as it keeps our costs down. Discounts (at our discretion) may be applied for bulk quantities of images or particular uses where we may benefit from publicity around their use.

For semi and full commercial usage there will normally be an additional reproduction fee charged, the rate will depend on the number of images being purchased as well as its intended use so please include this when you contact us.

Payment can be made by cheque (made payable to Derbyshire County Council and sent to the address above), credit card by calling us on +44 (0)1629 533809 or we can arrange to invoice you (additional £10+VAT charge).

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you wish to discuss any of the above in more detail.