Drawn from a private collection of books, objects, artwork and ephemera relating to the life and works of the world’s best-selling crime author, this exhibition, a tribute to Agatha Christie, explores the mysteries that she wrote and those relating to her own life. Pickford’s House is the perfect backdrop to evoke the mood of an Agatha Christie murder mystery.
This exhibition follows the story of Agatha Christie’s remarkable literary output. She wrote 66 novels, 14 short stories and a number of plays including the world’s longest running play The Mousetrap which opening in the West End in 1952. The characters that she created like Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple are house hold names. Many outsold by the Bible and Shakespeare her books have sold more than a billion copies in the English Language. Visitors will be able to explore how Christie developed her story lines, discover how the designs of many of the book covers developed and revolutionised the future of book design and see a selection of Christie’s personal possessions which shed light on the life of this extraordinary woman.
Jonathan Wallis, Head of Museums said, “Agatha Christie is a British institution who is known to many of us through the TV series and film adaptations of her work. It is great that we have been able to bring this collection to Derby to remind people that it is the books that are the foundations of Christie’s fame.”
Visitors will also be able solve their very own mystery by finding hidden clues around the house.
The exhibition opens on 2nd June to coincide with the start of the Derby Book Festival for more information of other festival events and activities at Derby Museums and elsewhere please go to http://www.derbybookfestival.co.uk/