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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Matt Edwards

Curator of Visual Art and Joseph Wright Study Centre

We wanted to find out more about Matt, so we asked him some questions and here is what he had to say…

  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?
    A book press. I look after the works on paper by Joseph Wright and the reference library at Derby Museums. I’m also conservation bookbinder using traditional methods and work with artists on creative projects. Paper is also made using a press.
  1. If you could be any animal from the Nature Gallery, which would you be and why?
    A butterfly. I’m fascinated with the beauty and symmetry that can be found in nature.
  1. What makes you happy?
    Hats, Paris, bookshops and a good real ale pub.
  1. What do you love to do in your spare time? (Aside from working at the museum, obviously)
    Bookbinding, art and I’ve also been fascinated with origami for many years. I love the challenge of making complex models from a simple square of paper or ‘modular origami’ which is folded from multiple units.
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