Image: Guests encounter some of the museum’s more unusual objects at the Evening of Curiosity annual ball. View more pictures from the Evening of Curiosity here.

Derby Museums was delighted to welcome over 100 guests through its doors on Saturday 12th October for An Evening of Curiosity; the museum’s annual fundraising ball 2019, which succeeded in raising over £12,000 for the museum’s endowment fund.

An established and prestigious event in the museum’s calendar, the annual ball helps to secure Derby Museums’ future by raising invaluable money for the museum’s endowment fund each year. This year’s ball, An Evening of Curiosity, raised over £12,000, which will be doubled through match funding by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to become over £24,000.

“This year’s Evening of Curiosity was a great success and we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported this event,” commented Tony Butler, Executive Director of Derby Museums.

“The endowment fund enables us to look after 250,000 heritage objects in our collections, and supports our work to engage and inspire over 124,000 people a year. The generous donations made through activities such as these help us to ensure that Derby’s important heritage can continue to be enjoyed by everyone now, and for future generations to come.”

A black-tie evening of glitz, glamour and intrigue, the event welcomed guests to a drinks reception in the museum’s World Collections gallery, followed by a stunning dinner from award-winning local chef Ralph Skripek, and a charity auction with TV personality Charles Hanson in the museum’s new venue on The Wardwick.

Guests were invited to view 3D scans taken from objects that will feature in the new Museum of Making, and also encountered some of the museum’s more unusual curiosities – the Inglesby Viking sword, discovered in Barrow cemetery with parts of the previous owner’s hand attached, and a mummified cat, found buried inside the walls of a barn at Nether Heage to ward off witches and evil spirits.

You can find out more about the Endowment Fund and how to donate here or by emailing or calling 01332 641901.

Derby Museums would like to thank all the individuals and organisations who supported the event and contributed to its success.

The date for the museum’s next annual ball has not yet been announced, but it will take place in the new Museum of Making, which opens its doors to the public in autumn 2020.