Derby Museums’ three sites (the Museum & Art Gallery, Pickford’s House and the Silk Mill) are temporarily closed until further notice. Please visit our website and social media channels for updates. Please email with enquiries. We look forward to welcoming you back when it is safe for us to do so.
Museum and Art Gallery

Opening hours:

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

The Museum & Art Gallery is closed on Mondays.

Find us at:

The Strand, Derby DE1 1BS
01332 641901
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Museum of Making

Opening hours:

  • Monday-Sunday Closed

The building is currently closed to the public.

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

Pickford's House is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Find us at:

41 Friar Gate, Derby DE1 1DA
01332 715181
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Meet a Roman

Your costumed presenter will be in full armour as a Roman soldier! He will train your class to prepare for battle, practise battle skills and make a helmet to aid their victory.

Meet a Viking

Our costumed Viking trader will introduce pupils to the Vikings in Derby and will
re-enact a market and trading voyage.  Pupils will examine examples of Viking life and will participate in a Viking saga.

Meet an Egyptian

Your costumed presenter will guide you through an Egyptian wedding ceremony. Pupils will be asked to dress up and become the characters; the Pharaoh and his wife, and the wedding guests. They will learn about Egyptian life, discuss Gods, try out some Egyptian dancing and take part in ‘Pass the Scarab’.

Meet an Archaeologist

The session begins with an introduction to archaeology. With reference to the Viking dig at Repton, pupils have the opportunity to become trainee archaeologists, learning about the tools and techniques used; geophysical investigations/metal detectors, before taking part in a mock excavation.

WW1- Meet Bert and Agatha

Inspired by actual postcards written by a soldier at the front to his family in Derby, this session explores the changing lives of both men and women during WW1, and the impact of the war upon the nation. Using Museum artefacts and objects, Bert, a soldier and Agatha, a nurse, bring their stories to life. Pupils will have the opportunity to handle original and replica objects.

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