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Joseph Wright and the Lure of Italy Saturday 19th March - Sunday 12th June: As per opening times

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.

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Simon Starling: The Recursive Series Saturday 19th March - Sunday 12th June: As per opening times

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.

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Wright Revealed: Part II Saturday 23rd April - Sunday 12th June: As per opening times

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.

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The Blacksmith’s Shop: Short Stories Sunday 1st May - Thursday 30th June: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

As part of the Joseph Wright Project Lab in February, we asked our visitors to take a closer look at fragments of the Wright painting The Blacksmith’s Shop. We have collected these stories and would like to share them with you.

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About Us

Derby Museums is a charitable trust responsible for the rich cultural and creative history of Derby. The Trust manages three sites: the City Museum and Art Gallery, Pickford’s House and The Silk Mill, and all art and collections are held and curated by the Trust.

Derby Museums,
Museum and Art Gallery,
The Strand,
Derby, DE1 1BS

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