£70,000 windfall will bring Chesterfield's famed Aquarius back to life

£70,000 windfall will bring Chesterfield's famed Aquarius back to life

Dirty Stop Outs are thrilled to be working with former Aquarius photographer David Miller on the restoration and conservation of hundreds of rare and never seen before images from the famed cabaret club.

We’ve today received £70,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to finance the project which will culminate in the digitisation of the entire collection.

The project is being run in partnership with Derbyshire Record Office and the images will eventually be made publicly available through www.picturethepast.org.uk archive.

Dirty Stop Outs’ Neil Anderson said: “We’re thrilled that we’ve received this support thanks to National Lottery players. The Aquarius was the hub of Chesterfield’s social scene for a quarter of a century and to be able to preserve this amazing photo archive will ensure its legacy lives on for future generations.”

An educational programme will also run alongside with opportunities provided for volunteers to support research and conservation work and learn new skills. 

If you’d like to get involved please email is at: aqauriuschesterfield@gmail.com

If you’d like a taster of what’s to come you can check out some of the photos in our ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1980s Chesterfield – Aquarius Edition’ book.

And you can dance the night away at our forthcoming Aquarius Reunion which will be celebrating the project’s success!

Please watch this space for more news on the project.