An End of Year Message

End of year photo

In 2022 Derby Museums celebrated its tenth anniversary as an independent charitable trust. For the first time in a decade, its three museums have been fully opened to the public. The Museum of Making has garnered a slew of awards and was a finalist in the Art Fund Museum of the Year. Thoughtful, intriguing and fun, activities in our museums help people look differently at the world and make learning enjoyable. We deepened our ties with our community, whether it’s been exploring new perspectives in our displays or building community through making. We have shared the stories of refugees, celebrated the life and service of the Queen, charted the experience of the Caribbean community in Derby, and continued to find new ways for young people to be creative and develop their skills.

Our purpose is to protect and encourage more people to learn about Derby’s heritage, and perhaps the highlight of the year was the acquisition of the stunning self-portrait of Joseph Wright of Derby. I hope visitors will look into his eyes and see the artist in themselves.

Please spare a few moments to watch this excellent film to remind you of the richness of the work of Derby Museums.

Have a very Happy Christmas.

Tony Butler
Executive Director, Derby Museums


If you have enjoyed Derby Museums this year and are able to consider making a donation, this will help us to continue to conserve our heritage and re-open our doors for future generations. All of your generous donations will be matched pound for pound by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Donate here.