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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Lucy Bamford

Senior Curator of Fine Art and the Joseph Wright Collection

Find out all about Lucy and who she is outside of the museum…

  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 often daydream about meeting Wright and, better still, having my portrait painted by him. I would ask him to paint me simply, with my hands on show. I think of my hands as my tools.
  2. If you could be any animal from the Nature Gallery, which would you be and why?
    I probably identify most closely with the dormouse, but anything that spends a large amount of its time curled up in a nest asleep (particularly during winter) would also fit the bill. I take sleep very seriously.
  3. What makes you happy?
    Walking in wild places with the people I love; pottering in the garden; looking at art; running in large open spaces with a dog; doodling.
  4. What do you love to do in your spare time? (Aside from working at the museum, obviously)
    My favourite weekends involve dressing up (often as a man) and travelling back into the 18th century with friends. When someone invents the time machine I’ll be the one camping out at the front of the queue with a packed lunch and flask of tea.
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