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 – Saturday and Sunday 12-4pm at the Museum & Art Gallery.
10am-5pm Tuesday – Saturday 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.
Derby Museums News
Don’t miss what’s coming up
For many wealthy Europeans, The Grand Tour, which reached its heyday in the 18th and 19th centuries, marked a rite of passage that culminated in a visit to Italy; a country rich in the remains of classical history, art, and landscape. Among these tourists were Derbyshire men and women, including the artist Joseph Wright, who made his own artistic pilgrimage between 1773 and 1775.
Derby Museums is pleased to showcase new work by Turner Prize-winning artist Simon Starling Simon’s work offers a unique and contemporary perspective on Joseph Wright’s The Alchemist Discovering Phosphorus.
15 Second Year BA(Hons) Fine Art students from the University of Derby have created new work in response to Derby Museums’ collections and stories.
In summer 2015, we introduced an exciting new project to conserve two badly damaged and over-painted scenes of Rome’s famous Coliseum, by Joseph Wright. In spring 2016, we present the results of the painstaking treatment that is uncovering Wright’s original work, along with a special display on the process of analysis and conservation.