Derby Museums hosted a sell-out fundraising ball at their Silk Mill on the 14 October, adding momentum to its Heritage Lottery Fund Heritage Endowments campaign. This annual event welcomed 149 guests and with match funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, raised £23,223 towards their Heritage Endowments fund, to help secure the long term future of the Museums.

Local celebrity auctioneer Charles Hanson who hosted the auction on the night said he was very pleased to support the event in aid of Derby Museums’ Endowment campaign. Charles felt it was important to support the campaign as he believes,
“the city will thrive on letting the British public see for itself the legacy the Endowment fund will give in awakening and maintaining the proud past we can live with today and educate future visitors tomorrow”.

The Mayor of the City of Derby, Councilor John Whitby was also pleased to support the Endowment campaign, adding
“The Endowment Fund is so important to Derby, because it will help us keep our fabulous Museums and world class collections available to be seen and enjoyed by future generations.”

Guests were entertained by wonderment in the workshop, enjoyed a delicious three course meal prepared by local celebrity chef Ralph Stripek, followed by after dinner speeches by Tony Butler, Executive Director of Derby Museums and Daniel Martin, Curator of Making at Derby Museums. Charles Hanson led the auction and the night finished with music provided by ‘That Old Swing Thing.’

Jenny Cuadrado, Development Manager for Derby Museums said ’we were absolutely overwhelmed with the level support our guests and prize donors gave to this event. The success is a testament to the amazing team behind the Alchemist Ball and to the support we have from organisations and the public who want to join us in safeguarding the future of Derby Museums.”

Over the next four years Derby Museums aims to raise £1 million that will be matched pound for pound by the Heritage Lottery Fund. This will create a £2 million Endowment Fund that will be permanently invested to provide an income to help to support Derby Museums’ long term future. Every year it costs £1.8 million to run our museums, conserve our collections and put on an exciting programme of activities, exhibitions, talks and events.

You can find out more about the Endowment Fund and how to donate here or by emailing jennifer@derbymuseums.org or calling 01332 641902. 

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