Bonnie Prince Charlie Gallery

The Bonnie Prince Charlie Gallery features a room depicting the night that Charles Edward Stuart stayed at Exeter House in December 1745 before the retreat of the Jacobite army to Scotland and its defeat at Culloden in 1746.

The Midland Railway Study Centre 

Open for special events and by appointment only Through a collaboration with the Midland Railway Society (now merged with the Roy F Burrows Midland Collection Trust) the combined collections form the UK’s largest pre-nationalisation railway archive and an unparalleled Midland Railway research facility. The collection contains a wide array of written documents, photographs, plans and […]

Morning Room

This light airy room would have been used as a family room – an informal place for eating and leisure activities such as playing musical instruments, reading and writing letters. However, in Pickford’s day this may have been used as an architect’s office. His son, The Rev. Joseph Pickford, made this room into a parlour […]

Toy Theatre Gallery

This magical room houses a selection of toy and model theatres from The Frank Bradley Collection. The toy theatre originates from around 1800, when print sellers marketed prints of famous actors and actresses of the day. Their trade soon expanded to allow theatre enthusiasts and children to build miniatures model theatres and stage plays in […]

Georgian Garden

The first evidence of a garden layout at the rear of Pickford’s House is illustrated on street plans drawn in the middle of the 19th century. The garden seen here today is based on the French parterre design in which paths surround symmetrical beds edged in box and yew. To the side of the house […]

The Kitchen

The kitchen wing was built sometime between 1812 and 1831 to house kitchen and washing facilities, with Rev. Joseph Pickford’s own bedroom and dressing room upstairs. We do not know where the original kitchen would have been. The open range, where all the cooking was done, is a modern copy. Notice there is no oven, […]

The Master bedroom

It is thought that all the rooms on this floor were used as bedrooms, this one being the main room of the house used by Mr and Mrs Pickford. It has been recreated as it might have been around 1815 with its adjoining dressing room. This is where the occupants of the bedroom would wash […]