Covid-19 Update: Derby Museum and Art Gallery is now open with enhanced safety measures. Pickford’s House and the Silk Mill remain closed until further notice. Please read our access statement prior to your visit for full information.
Pickford's House

Opening hours:

  • Monday-Sunday Closed

**Pickford’s House is currently closed to the public due to the Covid-19 crisis, but we hope to be able to re-open again very soon. Please follow our News page for updates: www.derbymuseums.org/news

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41 Friar Gate, Derby DE1 1DA
01332 715181
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The Dining Room

This is the most imposing of the three reception rooms and is displayed as a dining room of about 1800. This is where Joseph Pickford would have entertained guests and important clients in the hope of attracting new business. The ceiling is much higher than that of the other rooms to give a sense of grandeur and wealth.

What can I see?

Imagine the roar of the fire in this original fireplace made from imported white Carrara and pencil-veined Sicilian marble. It is inlaid with Blue John, a banded fluorite from Derbyshire. The table is laid with Derby porcelain, 18th century glassware and silver cutlery.

What can I learn?

The first two courses of the formal meal consisted mainly of savoury dishes, but it wasn’t unusual to see sweet dishes in the second course. Fruit pies and custards might be served alongside dishes like potted pigeon, lobster, stuffed calves’ ears and roasted larks, as well as vegetables and fruit. Dessert course would have consisted of fruit, sorbets, jellies, sweetmeats and nuts. Various wines, beer and cider were drunk throughout the meal.

Pickford's House

Opening hours:

  • Monday-Sunday Closed

**Pickford’s House is currently closed to the public due to the Covid-19 crisis, but we hope to be able to re-open again very soon. Please follow our News page for updates: www.derbymuseums.org/news

Find us at:

41 Friar Gate, Derby DE1 1DA
01332 715181
info@derbymuseums.org
Plan your visitto Pickford's House
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