Attic Papers

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Delia's Attic Papers consist of a cardboard box full of about twenty manilla folders, each of which contains her letters, handwritten notes and scores regarding the music she produced from 1962 to 1975.

The papers were found in her attic after she died in 2001 and were given to Mark Ayres who, in 2006, gave them on permanent loan, together with the Attic Tapes to David Butler at the University of Manchester. His department was given a high-quality flatbed scanner to digitize them but this seems not to have happened.

The paper originals are at the John Rylands Library at the University of Manchester, who have made a catalogue of them, using a different numbering system from the DD123456 scheme used here for the photosnaps.


  • The John Rylands Library has made a catalogue of them using a different numbering scheme from the DD123456 one used for the fotosnaps present here.
  • You can view the originals by visiting the John Rylands library in Manchester, UK in person. "Access to these collections are by prior arrangement only and users should note that the collection is subject to copyright restrictions. If you would like to use the Delia Derbyshire Archive please contact the curator, Dr Janette Martin (email: janette.martin[at]"[1]
  • Floating round the internet there are


  1. Listening to the Delia Derbyshire Archive on the John Rylands Library Special Collections Blog, 16 Feb 2016.