Surrounding the tables within The Coffee House is a truly remarkable collection of historic porcelain and ceramic ware from Derbyshire. The collection has been recently rearranged to explore stories and themes requested by our visitors. Together the cases show the development of porcelain vessels in Derbyshire from the 17th century onwards.
The exhibitions in this gallery changes three to four times a year. The varied programme of exhibitions include objects drawn from our collections relating to the 18th Century, domestic life in the last 200 years and creativity especially in costume and textiles. To find out what is currently on display please check out what’s on here.
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.
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 […]
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 […]