Museum and Art Gallery

Opening hours:

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday-Saturday 10am - 5pm
  • Sunday 12pm - 4pm

Find us at:

The Strand, Derby DE1 1BS
01332 641901
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The Silk Mill

Opening hours:

  • Monday-Wednesday Closed
  • Thursday 3pm - 9pm
  • Friday Closed
  • Saturday 1pm - 5pm
  • Sunday Closed

Find us at:

Silk Mill Lane, Derby DE1 3AF
01332 641901
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Pickford's House

Opening hours:

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday-Saturday 10am - 5pm
  • Sunday Closed

Find us at:

41 Friar Gate, Derby DE1 1DA
01332 641901
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Key Stage 1

Time travel toys

Pickford’s House

Pupils must ‘discover’ the Toy Chest. They will think about life before electricity and batteries and have the opportunity to play with a range of moving toys that do not need batteries to find out how they work. Pupils will identify what ‘forces’ are involved. A modern Toy Chest is also available containing a selection of modern equivalents. Pupils must match them up and try both versions, making comparisons and deciding which they like best and why.

Optional make and take

Your pupils will have the opportunity to make a traditional toy to take away.

Houses and homes

Pickford’s House

A member of the 18th Century Pickford family will welcome your pupils to the house, encouraging them to notice and discuss the similarities and differences between this house and their own. The group will have a guided tour around the house. On the upper floor, they will be tasked with matching dolls of master/mistress and servants to their appropriate rooms through Q&A sessions and they will then use the House’s handling collection to investigate mystery household objects.

Optional make and take

Each pupil will have the opportunity to make a clay house plaque to take away.

Key stage information

Both sessions are relevant to the National curriculum Key stage 1: History that all pupils, “understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, (and) frame historically-valid questions…(pupils should)…learn about significant historical events, people and places in their own locality”.

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