Museum and Art Gallery

Opening hours:

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday-Saturday 10am - 5pm
  • Sunday 12pm - 4pm

Find us at:

The Strand, Derby DE1 1BS
01332 641901
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The Silk Mill

Opening hours:

  • Monday-Sunday Closed

Find us at:

Silk Mill Lane, Derby DE1 3AF
01332 641901
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Pickford's House

Opening hours:

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday-Saturday 10am - 5pm
  • Sunday Closed

Find us at:

41 Friar Gate, Derby DE1 1DA
01332 641901
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Alastair Willis

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  1. Many of the people that Joseph Wright painted chose to be depicted with an object that tells us something about them as a person. What object would you choose and why?
    I would have to choose a surfboard decorated with Egyptian hieroglyphs because surfing and Egyptology are the two things I would most like to be doing. They don’t make much sense together though because there isn’t much surf in Egypt.
  2. If you could be any animal from the Nature Gallery, which would you be and why?
     I would have to be the ichthyosaur. It would have been quite similar to a dolphin, but a reptile instead of a mammal. Dolphins always seem so carefree and happy to be in the oceans and I can imagine the same being true for these creatures.
  3. What makes you happy?
    Travelling abroad to new places, especially places where you can surf or visit ancient sites.
  4. What do you love to do in your spare time? (Aside from working at the museum, obviously)
    It’s quite difficult to surf in Derby, so I guess I’d normally be drinking gin and gaming, though rarely at the same time.

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