A WHOLE HISTORY OF FORWARD THINKING
It’s all happening at Derby Museums! Check out our exciting calendar of events and get involved. There’s something for everyone with talks, demonstrations, trails and hands-on arts and crafts.
Visit our collections at the Museum and Art Gallery – home to the Joseph Wright Collection – explore our museum of Georgian life at Pickford’s House, and see the plans we’ve got for The Silk Mill.
We’re open 10am – 5pm Tuesday – Sunday
(Sunday 1pm – 4pm at Pickford’s House)
(Thursday 3-9pm, Friday & Saturday 1-5pm and Sunday 11am-3pm at The Silk Mill)
Entry is free, so come along and be inspired by the amazing discoveries waiting to be found.
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Don’t miss what’s coming up
Joseph Wright ‘of Derby’ (1734-1797) lived and worked in Bath between November 1775 and June 1777. This brief and little-known episode in Wright’s life marked a crossroads in his career, yet it has never been explored in detail.
To mark the launch of Derby Museums’ new Joseph Wright Institute, this exhibition presents work by Wright along with a curious collection of paintings known affectionately as the ‘not quite Wrights’. Produced during Wright’s own lifetime, or the two centuries since his death, these rarely seen, and often overlooked, paintings have either been inspired by, or copied directly from, his work.
Between 1936 and 1945, local art collector Alfred Goodey donated over 600 pictures of old Derby to the Museum and Art Gallery. Spanning three centuries, this incredible collection offers an unrivalled glimpse of the city through development, industrialisation, war, fire, and flood.
Study the patterns and colours of butterflies, and create your very own beautiful butterfly to take away using a range of different materials.