Derby Museums Annual Review 2015-2016

This year we’ve welcomed over 110,000 visitors to Derby Museums through a varied programme of exhibitions, activities and commercial events. Highlights include Joseph Wright and the Lure of Italy as part of The Grand Tour programme and Matisse: Drawing with Scissors, both at the Museum and Art Gallery. The development project to transform The Silk Mill […]

Museum works with 64 Million Artists to inspire creativity

To reinforce and encourage the benefits of everyday creativity, Derby Museums are teaming up with 64 Million Artists, a national campaign that is working to unlock the potential of everyone in the UK through creativity. As a Happy Museum Derby Museums, are committed to creating the conditions for wellbeing in our venues and for January […]

Christmas Opening Times 2016

Museum and Art Gallery Christmas Eve: 10am-4pm Christmas Day – Tuesday 27 December: CLOSED Wednesday 28 December: 10am-5pm Thursday 29 December: 10am-5pm Friday 30 December: 10am-5pm New Years Eve: 10am-4pm New Years Day: CLOSED Monday 2 January: CLOSED Tuesday 3 January: 10am-5pm The Silk Mill Christmas Eve: 1-4pm Christmas Day – Wednesday 4 January: CLOSED […]

Derby Museums receives grant from recent Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund Awards

The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, designed to promote collections development for social impact, administered by the Museums Association (MA), has awarded £528,097 to seven projects in its latest round. This includes Derby Museums, which was granted £77,637, to work with Black, Asian, and minority ethnic communities to explore how to use its World Collections to create a […]


Press release: Tuesday 1 November 2016 New museum chair of trustees uses her vast experience to steer trust and city’s museums through exciting time A Derby-born woman with extensive experience in local and national government at senior level is the new chair of the organisation that runs the city’s three museums. Pat Coleman, vice-chair of […]

Help Derby Museums and host your own Arty Party

This summer we are inviting you to join in our Everyone season, by hosting your very own Arty Party, and help raise funds to keep Derby Museum’s fantastic and free for everyone. Anyone can hold an Arty Party. All you need is a table, some pens or paints and one of Derby Museums free Arty […]

Joseph Wright paintings return home

Two paintings by Joseph Wright of Derby are coming home after a nail-biting win at auction in New York. The companion pictures, which depict the iconic mills and Willersley Castle mansion founded by Sir Richard Arkwright at Cromford, in Derbyshire, were painted very late in Wright’s career, and may be among his last works. Both […]

Think, Feel, Do

Here at Derby Museums we are passionate about embedding participation in our museums. We’ve been working hard since we were founded in 2012 to find ways to embed involvement by our communities and stakeholders in the work that we do. This has been particularly demonstrated in: the ‘RE:Make Project‘ at The Silk Mill, where we […]