41 Friar Gate
Tel: 01332 255363
The displays include room settings of the Georgian period, about 1800 -1810, and a formal garden of the period is recreated outside.
You can see the ground floor dining room, drawing room and morning room as they might have beenin Joseph Pickford's time. A Georgian bedroom and dressing room have been recreated on the first floor, while on the top floor there is a servant's bedroom complete with straw mattress.
The kitchen and laundry have been reconstructed, together with a cellar, pantry and housekeeper's cupboard, so that visitors can get an idea of what life was like for the servants working below stairs in Georgian times. One of the cellars is equipped as an air-raid shelter of the 1940s.
The upper floors feature displays of toys and toy theatres, and several rooms showing some of the Museum's excellent collection of historic costumes and textiles.
Open Mon 11 - 5, Tues - Sat 10 -5, Sun &BH 1-4
The Silk Mill -
Derby's Museum of Industry and History
Tel: 01332 255308
Derby Industrial Museum is on the site of the world's oldest factories, the Silk Mills built by George Sorocold in 1702 and 1717. The foundations and parts of the tower from the 1717 mill are still visible.
The displays tell the story of the industrial heritage and achievement of Derby and its people. There is a special emphasis on the development of Rolls-Royce aero engines and the railway industry. Other displays cover local industries such as mining, pottery and foundry work. The Power Gallery covers the story of motive power in industry with hands-on exhibits.
There is an area devoted to regularly-changing temporary exhibitions, and a programme of educational activities.
The Silk Mill was moth-balled in April 2011 in order to use the resulting savings to support the Derby Transforming Museums Programme.
Derby Museum & Art Gallery
Derby DE1 1BS
Tel: 01332 716659
Derby Museum and Art Gallery houses a wide range of important and attractive collections, covering porcelain, paintings, archaeology, history, local regiments, geology and wildlife. Paintings by the celebrated 18th Century Derby artist Joseph Wright, A.R.A. (1734-97) include portraits, landscapes, subjects from literature and scenes of industry and scientific equipment that represent this exciting period of pioneering discovery. This is the largest collection of the artist's work in any public gallery in the world. View some Wrights
The Museumís collection of fine Derby porcelain, produced in the city since c.1750, is of international importance.
The Archaeology Gallery contains local material from the Stone Age to the Middle Ages, with several fine Anglo-Saxon crosses and a splendid sarcophagus. There are also two Egyptian mummies.
The Military Gallery tells the stories of local regiments such as the 9th/12th Royal Lancers, the Derbyshire Yeomanry and the Sherwood Foresters, with information available on a touch-screen computer.
The reconstructed Bonnie Prince Charlie Room commemorates Derbyís role in the 1745 Jacobite uprising complete with a figure of the Prince himself telling the tale of his doomed attempt to seize the throne.
Derbyshire geology and wildlife feature in the Museumís latest displays, with a Time Tunnel, walk-in cave, hands-on exhibits, discovery area and a stunning series of reconstructed natural settings with typical Derbyshire wildlife.
The Museumís exciting and varied temporary exhibition programme provides about twenty regularly changing shows a year. There is also a schools service, holiday activities for all ages, and a museum shop selling an attractive range of souvenirs, slides, postcards and books on local topics.
Open Mon 11 - 5, Tues - Sat 10 -5, Sun & BH 1-4
Royal Crown Derby
With a museum, factory tours, a super factory shop and a restaurant serving a wide range of delicious food, a visit to Royal Crown Derby is a great day out.
See Royal Crown Derby
The National Trust owned Kedleston Hall was built under the orders of architect Robert Adamís and is no less than breathtaking. Not only is the building of interest but Kedleston Hall also contains a range of interesting artwork in the form of both paintings and sculpture, as well as 800 acres of glorious parkland to enjoy. See Kedleston Hall
Attractions throughout Derbyshire and the Peak District
see Derbyshire and Peak District Attractions
Museums in Derbyshire
For museums throughout Derbyshire and the Peak District please see Derbyshire Museums
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