Covid-19 Update: Derby Museum and Art Gallery is now open with enhanced safety measures. Pickford’s House and the Silk Mill remain closed until further notice. Please read our access statement prior to your visit for full information.
Pickford's House

Opening hours:

  • Monday-Sunday Closed

**Pickford’s House is currently closed to the public due to the Covid-19 crisis, but we hope to be able to re-open again very soon. Please follow our News page for updates: www.derbymuseums.org/news

Find us at:

41 Friar Gate, Derby DE1 1DA
01332 715181
info@derbymuseums.org
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Toy Theatre Gallery

This magical room houses a selection of toy and model theatres from The Frank Bradley Collection. The toy theatre originates from around 1800, when print sellers marketed prints of famous actors and actresses of the day. Their trade soon expanded to allow theatre enthusiasts and children to build miniatures model theatres and stage plays in their own homes.

What can I see?

Enchanting scenes from ‘Sleeping Beauty’, ‘Treasure Island’, ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and ‘Aladdin’ are amongst the 24 exquisite theatres on display in the gallery. Each one has been meticulously constructed by Frank Bradley who donated his collection to Derby Museums in the late 1970s.

What can I do?

Children can play in the free-standing puppet theatre and let their imaginations run free.

What can I learn?

When making a theatre, the printed sheets could be purchased at ‘a penny plain, twopence coloured’. At home the sheets were painted, pasted onto card, cut out and made up into theatres. Figures were moved on stage by wire slides as the play was acted out, sometimes using miniature lighting effects, flares and explosions.

Pickford's House

Opening hours:

  • Monday-Sunday Closed

**Pickford’s House is currently closed to the public due to the Covid-19 crisis, but we hope to be able to re-open again very soon. Please follow our News page for updates: www.derbymuseums.org/news

Find us at:

41 Friar Gate, Derby DE1 1DA
01332 715181
info@derbymuseums.org
Plan your visitto Pickford's House
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