Derby Museums’ three sites (the Museum & Art Gallery, Pickford’s House and the Silk Mill) are temporarily closed until further notice. Please visit our website and social media channels for updates. Please email with enquiries. We look forward to welcoming you back when it is safe for us to do so.
Museum and Art Gallery

Opening hours:

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

The Museum & Art Gallery is closed on Mondays.

Find us at:

The Strand, Derby DE1 1BS
01332 641901
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Museum of Making

Opening hours:

  • Monday-Sunday Closed

The building is currently closed to the public.

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

Pickford's House is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Find us at:

41 Friar Gate, Derby DE1 1DA
01332 715181
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Kathryn Ralls

Lifelong Learning Programmer

Want to know more about our Lifelong Learning Programmer Kat? Read on…

  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 be painted surrounded by pots of flowers, to show my love of nature and colour.


  1. If you could be any animal from the Nature Gallery, which would you be and why?
    I would be a fox, one that lives in the countryside rather that the city.   I am a solitary creature that prefers socialising in small groups and I have an inquisitive nature.  I have also been known to stash food away for later.  One night I came face to face with a fox on the London Road.  We stood staring at each other for some time.  Maybe it was a distant relative? 


  1. What makes you happy?
    I don’t like sitting still.  I am happiest when I’m tinkering and pottering.  Planting, fixing, making, painting.  A project gives me purpose and that makes me happy.  I am also partial to de-bobbling jumpers!


  1. What do you love to do in your spare time? (Aside from working at the museum, obviously)
    I love walking in the countryside and noticing the animals I meet on my way.  I also love doing things that I can get completely lost in, like painting and sewing.  Seeing something creative emerge is the best feeling.  Unsurprisingly for a lifelong learning programmer, I am endlessly curious and want to find out as much as I can about things I don’t know yet.  So much to learn and so little time!   
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