Whatâ€™s on July - September 2013 Twitter: @derbymuseums derbymuseums.org
hello and welcome to your whatâ€™s on guide. The Silk Mill, Pickford House & The Museum and Art Gallery.
Derby Museums are near the end of our first year as an independent charitable trust. Much has changed behind the scenes to make us function more efficiently and we are now ready to face the challenges ahead. We have started to improve the range and quantity of our offer for visitors. In the next 3 months there are more opportunities to meet the museum staff, to share knowledge and enter into conversation.
The Enlightenment exhibition has just opened shedding light on the Derbyshire that Joseph Wright of Derby knew, a time that changed the modern world. Much of the programme this summer is around that subject and the Summer of Wildlife and we very much hope that you are able to join us for some of it. We are spending more time communicating digitally so look out for us on Twitter and Facebook. We value your feedback and support so please take the time to tell us what you think of the museums and the programme of activities that we offer, either online or on one of our comments cards in one of the museums.
New at Derby Museums Gallery Talks and Objects in Focus Saturday at 11am and on Sundays at 11am and 2pm From the beginning of July If you are visiting the Museum and Art Gallery at the weekend, you might like to drop into one of our regular gallery talks or object in focus sessions. Your chance to get up close to special objects in the museum. On both days at weekends you can meet one of our team, who will share their knowledge about a gallery or special object. Just ask at the front desk on arrival or check on our website before your visit for details of the subjects each week.
Enlightenment: Ideas that Changed the World 22 June - 25 August Museum and Art Gallery
“Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see. Be curious.” So said Stephen Hawking at the opening ceremony of the Paralympics last year.
This exhibition brings together objects collected over the past three years through the HLF Collecting Cultures project, in partnership with Buxton Museum and Art Gallery and Strutt’s North Mill, Belper. In the spirit of Hawking, it celebrates and explores the extraordinary period known as ‘The Age of Reason’ or ‘Enlightenment’ in the eighteenth century, a time of curiosity and discovery across many continents and subjects.
Objects as diverse as a salt cellar, a patch box, ceramics, a telescope, minerals, paintings and a cribbage set are woven together to illustrate and explain this vast and fascinating subject showing how Derbyshire and it’s people played an important role in creating the modern world.
“Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see. Be curious.”
Contemporary artist Jane Pepper’s assemblages, based on the Museum’s herbarium collection, are concealed within drawers among the natural history collection. Her digital artworks depicting cotton, madder, foxglove and thistle have been produced as large-scale prints and are featured in our interactive zone. Visitors will be encouraged to leave their comments and thoughts about this exhibition.
Enlightenment events and activities Guided Tour: The Enlightenment Gallery. Sunday 23 June 11am – 11.45am
Talk: Searching for Enlightenment! Sunday 7 July 1.30pm - 2.30pm
Suitable for adults Free, no need to book
Collecting new museum objects Matt Edwards, Collections Assistant, will share the process of collecting the objects on display in our ‘Enlightenment’ exhibition.
Object in Focus: Atlas Coelestis Saturday 29 June 11am – 11.45am Take a closer look at Flamsteed’s beautiful 18th Century star atlas. Suitable for adults Free, no need to book
Talk: What was the Enlightenment? And what does it mean to us? Thursday 4 July 1pm to 2pm Dr. Mike Galer, Senior collections officer. Suitable for adults Free, no need to book
Talk: Joseph Wright and the Enlightenment Saturday 6 July 11am - 12noon Join Lucy Bamford, Keeper of Fine Art, as she explores Joseph Wright’s relationship with the Enlightenment. Suitable for adults Free, no need to book
Suitable for adults £5.00, booking essential as places limited, please ring 01332 641901
Walk: The Enlightenment in Derby Sunday 14 July 11am - 12.30pm Take a walk through the city and discover the legacy of the ‘Enlightenment’. Meet in the museum shop. Suitable for adults and older children Free, no need to book
July September 2013
Talk: Collecting during the Enlightenment Thursday 18 July 3pm – 4pm
Talk: Explorers and Collectors Enlightenment attitudes to ‘other’ cultures Sunday 21 July 11am – 12noon
Arthur MacGregor, Author of “Curiosity and Enlightenment” and Former Assistant Keeper of Antiquities, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
Spencer Bailey, Collections Officer
Suitable for adults Free, no need to book
Talk: John Whitehurst Saturday 20 July 11am – 12noon Jonathan Wallis, Assistant Director, Derby Museums. Suitable for adults Free, no need to book
Suitable for adults Free, no need to book
Clockmaking demonstration and workshop Sunday 28 July 10am – 3pm Watch a paper clock being contructed and learn how clocks work then get hands-on and have a go. Get involved with this fascinating, intricate task and help us create our own clock. Suitable for adults and older children Free, no need to book.
July September 2013
Enlightenment events and activities –
Writing workshop Tues 13 August 1pm – 3pm
Talk: Smith of Derby - Past, Present, Future Thursday 1 August 1pm – 2pm Smith of Derby have been bespoke clockmakers for the past 157 years. Bob Betts, Managing Director, and Nicholas Smith, Company President, present the company’s fascinating history and share the innovations which have taken them from John Whitehurst’s time into the 21st Century. Suitable for adults Free, no need to book.
Talk: Money in the 18th century Wednesday 7 August 11am – 12noon Anja Rohde, Senior Collections officer Suitable for adults and older children Free, no need to book.
Exploring the formal conventions of poetry and prose, Alex Davis will lead a workshop inspired by the themes of ‘Enlightenment’. Suitable for adults £5.00 Booking essential as places limited, please ring 01332 641901
Talk: Francis and Mary Hurt Wrights for our Times Thursday 15 August 1pm - 2pm Find out about these newly acquired paintings by Joseph Wright and their historical and contemporary significance. Max Craven, Chair of the Friends of Derby Museums, and Lucy Bamford, Keeper of Fine Art. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Beecroft Bequest. Suitable for adults Free, no need to book.
Enlightenment Trail Follow the trail of the ‘Enlightenment’ objects on display around the museum. Available everyday during opening times. Suitable for Families Free, no need to book.
Georgian Day at Pickford’s House, Friar Gate, Derby Saturday 17 August 10am – 3pm Step back in time at Derby’s beautiful Georgian townhouse. Enjoy Georgian fabric printing demonstrations and have a go at making your own prints. Try a whole host of 18th Century–inspired crafts activities and visit the prettiest garden in the city. Suitable for all
Georgian Day at the Museum and Art Gallery Saturday 17 August 10am – 3pm Join us for guided tours of the Joseph Wright Gallery lasting half an hour at 11am and 2pm. Take a look at our fascinating ‘Enlightenment’ exhibition and enjoy free family crafts - make your own Georgian ball mask to take home. Suitable for all Free, no need to book, just drop in.
Enlightenment Walk: John Whitehurst Saturday 17 August 11am – 12.30pm Take a walk through the city and discover the legacy of John Whitehurst, clockmaker, geologist and Enlightened thinker. Meet in the museum and art gallery shop. Suitable for adults and older children. Free, no need to book.
Francis and Mary Hurt - Exploring Derbyshire’s Historic Families Sunday 18 August 2pm - 3.30pm Family historian Jane James explores what local records can tell us about the clients who sat for Joseph Wright’s portraits, with a focus on the newly acquired paintings of Francis and Mary Hurt. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Beecroft Bequest. Suitable for adults Free, no need to book.
July September 2013
The Exhibitions Beyond One Step: Edition 9 Eleven participating artists 18 May - 11 August Museum and Art Gallery
Bursting out of the gallery and spilling out into other parts of the museum, two of our galleries have been saturated with the work of eleven participating artists; Elisavet Andreou, Paul Holding, Sally French, Carol Harries Wood, Stephen Elvidge, Lauren O’Grady, Weixi Lin, Virginie Weiss, Jackie Macrae, Vasiliki Fragkou and Bruce Asbestos. Beyond One Step acts as a platform for artists emerging from four of the region’s MA Fine Art courses and demonstrates our commitment to supporting work by emerging artists.
This year’s artists have approached themes that are wide and varied and the exhibition showcases the innovation that infuses their creative practice. The group exhibition includes fragile sculptures, assemblages created from borrowed objects, delicate drawings, photography and installation, a diverse mix of process and media designed to visually surprise and ignite a desire to discover more about the artwork and artists.
Social Media Takeaway Presented by Bruce Asbestos HD 18 May - 11 August Museum and Art Gallery Sitting ‘parasitically’ within the Beyond One Step exhibition, we have worked with artist Bruce Asbestos to transform Gallery Three into a television recording studio.
Visit Bruce’s website and follow him on Facebook to contribute to these unique mini films. www.bruceasbestos.info
Bruce creates short performances and online films, often sliding intrusively into other projects and events. Social Media Takeaway will be live every Tuesday when an episode will be created and filmed in the gallery. The studio will then lay dormant, but for the props and evidence of the event for you to view. The resulting film will be screened simultaneously online and in the gallery space.
The Spirit is a Bone : Works from the Study of Dr Erasmus Paul Evans with poems by Dr Chris Jones Until Sept 2014 Museum and Art Gallery The Spirit is a Bone is a creative intervention within our Visual Poetry of 1001 Objects gallery. Continuing with our aim to inspire curiosity, a bespoke desk-bureau with a number of drawers has been nestled within the space. Within the recesses and drawers you will find a series of peculiar drawings based on the various natural history specimens that are displayed within the Fragments of Bone display.
Connected with the drawings are a series of Chris Jones beautiful, cryptic poetic epigrams, some based on the ancient Anglo-Saxon tradition of riddle poems – poems wherein the object speaks. Why not leave your own interaction in one of the drawers? I am your letter tomb, a shard of tome to trace this language written on the bone. The Horn Book, Chris Jones
Bartholomew Beal Saint Mondays and thereby hangs a tale 7 September - 10 November Museum and Art Gallery New work by Bartholomew Beal for the Jonathan Vickers Art Prize Bartholomew Beal has translated stories and memories into atmospheric paintings with an ambiguous narrative of their own. His work is intense and ethereal, articulating the balance between the transient nature of people’s lives and the longevity of their story. Beal describes the characters he paints as ‘quiet figures within an under-described space’ and concedes that his pictures develop as much from ‘trial, error and accident as they do from painterly proficiency’. This work is the product of a year spent absorbing the stories and traditions connected with the Industrial history of the Amber Valley. Beal’s research uncovered many colourful stories such as the ‘Nailors of Belper’ whose jobs were made redundant by industrialisation. They were heavy drinkers and a notoriously unruly bunch who set aside ‘Saint Mondays’ to recover from the weekends’ excesses. Some of the work will be for sale.
July September 2013
The Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award – The Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award was established in 1998 by Derbyshire Community Foundation with the help of a legacy from the estate of the late Jonathan Vickers. The Award brings an emerging artist to Derbyshire to produce a body of new work inspired by the county’s landscape, heritage and people.
Bartholomew Beal talks about his paintings, Thursday 12 September, 1pm - 2pm, Derby Museum & Art Gallery. Enjoy a guided walk afterwards with artist Alison Lloyd, 2 - 4 pm, a circular route departing from the Museum & Art Gallery inspired by the places and stories in the exhibition. Free, no need to book.
Drawn by Line and Shade Portraits by Young People in Derbyshire 7 September - 10 November Through the Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award 2013, young people in Derbyshire worked with Bartholomew Beal and Derby Museums to create their own portraits. Taking inspiration from this young, contemporary artist and our Joseph Wright collection, young people have produced work in their own, individual style. We would like to thank the students and staff from the following schools for their participation in the project:-
Aldercar Community Language College, Langley Mill Anthony Gell Secondary School, Wirksworth Highfields Upper School, Matlock Murray Park Secondary School, Mickleover
Why not visit one of our other exhibitions while you are in the Museum and Art Gallery? Joseph Wright of Derby, Portraits, 1001 Objects to Inspire, Archaeology, Nature Gallery, Egyptian Mummies, Bonnie Prince Charlie, or the Porcelain Gallery. Full of things to engage and inspire. Find your own favourite.
Holy Ground Paintings and prints from Derby Museums’ Alfred Goodey Collection 1 July - 31 August Sir Richard Morris Lounge at Derby Cathedral Centre, Iron Gate, Derby Exhibition opening times: Monday to Saturday, 9am – 5pm (closed on Bank Holiday)
‘Holy Ground’ is a rare chance to see some of the unique collection of historic paintings and prints of Derby donated by their collector, Alfred Goodey to Derby Museums in the last century. This exhibition, in the Sir Richard Morris Lounge at Derby Cathedral Centre throughout July and August, concentrates on Derby’s churches and chapels as seen by artists in the mid 19th Century. Along with data from the 1851 Census of Religious Worship (the only one ever conducted) they give us a fascinating glimpse of church and chapel going in Victorian Derby.
Summer Activities and Events at Pickford’s House – July - August
Brilliant Braids Friday 26 July 10am - 12pm and 1pm – 3pm Bring your buddies to our brilliant braiding bonanza. Make a length of braiding to create your own friendship bracelet. Suitable for families. Free, no need to book, just drop in.
Sensational Summer Flower Frenzy Tuesday 30 July, 6 August 13 August, 20 August 27 August 10am - 12pm and 1pm – 3pm Every Tuesday during the summer holidays, join us to make pretty, petalicious paper flowers. We’ll make ravishing roses, lovely lilies, pretty poppies, delectable daisies, fabulous fuchsias, colourful chrysanthemums and dazzling dahlias. Different flowers each week – come back to make them all! Suitable for families. Free, no need to book, just drop in.
Georgian Day at Pickford’s House, Friar Gate, Derby Saturday 17 August 10am – 3pm Step back in time at Derby’s beautiful Georgian townhouse. Enjoy Georgian print making demonstrations and have a go at making your own prints. Try a whole host of 18th Century–inspired crafts and visit the prettiest garden in the city. Suitable for families Free, no need to book, just drop in.
Garden Bug Bonanza Thursday 25 July, 8 August, 22 August 10am - 12pm and 1pm - 3pm Join us to hunt the bugs in Pickford’s House lovely gardens and make your own mini beast to take home. Suitable for families Free, no need to book, just drop in.
Safari, So Good! Well, Well, Well Dressing Thursday 1 August and 29 August 10am - 12pm and 1pm -3pm We wish you would walk our way and wander in for well dressing play! Make your own personal mini well dressing - bring your favourite little stones and beans and seeds if you wish. Suitable for families Free, no need to book, just drop in.
Thursday 15 August 10am- 12pm and 1pm- 3pm Be inspired by our ‘Figures of Africa’ exhibition and make an African animal finger puppet to play Safari with. Suitable for families Free, no need to book, just drop in.
Summer at Derby Museums
Rock Walk in partnership with Enjoying Derby Tuesday 16 July 1pm – 2.30pm
Festival of British Archeaology
Join us for a walk around the city to explore the different types of rocks used to construct and decorate some of our buildings. Meet outside the Assembly Rooms entrance on the Market Place.
July 13th - 27th Object Handling: Teeth! Saturday 13 July 11am & 2pm Get close to some fascinating gnashers… Suitable for all Free, no need to book.
Objects in Focus: Fascinating Finds Sunday 14 July 11am & 2pm Get a close look at some of our archeological objects. Suitable for all Free, no need to book.
Suitable for adults and older children Free, no need to book
Prehistoric Derby Saturday 27 July 11am – 3pm Join us for a day of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures! Discover the world of prehistoric Derby – get close to some ancient objects and find out more our Ichthyosaurus and the ‘Allenton Hippo’, our famous prehistoric Hippopotamus who once lived in the River Derwent! Suitable for all Free, no need to book
July September 2013
Clockmaking demonstration and workshop Sunday 28 July 10am – 3pm Watch a paper clock being contructed. Learn how clocks work then get hands-on and have a go. Get involved with this fascinating, intricate task and help us create our own clock. Suitable for adults and older children Free, no need to book
Portraits Day Saturday 3 August 11am – 3pm Take inspiration from all the wonderful portraits on display and draw your own to add to our gallery. Suitable for families, Free, no need to book, just drop in
Make An Animal Model That Moves! Sunday 4 August 10.30am – 12noon Inspired by clocks and clockwork toys, make a cardboard animal model that moves. As this activity is fun but quite challenging, adults and children are invited to make a model together. suggested age range for children is 7 – 12. For more details ring Jane on 641918. Free, booking essential due to limited places
Georgian Day at the Museum and Art Gallery Saturday 17 August 10am – 3pm Join us for guided tours of the Joseph Wright Gallery lasting half an hour at 11am and 2pm. Take a look at our fascinating ‘Enlightenment’ exhibition and enjoy free family crafts - make your own Georgian ball mask to take home. Suitable for families Free, no need to book, just drop in
Summer at Derby Museums Make your own money! Saturday 24 August 10am – 3pm
Giant Constellation Collage Friday 30 August 11am – 3pm
Have fun creating your own personalized bank notes and coins!
Join us to make a giant collage inspired by Flamsteed’s ‘Star Atlas’ in our ‘Enlightenment’ exhibition. Make a star-inspired bookmark to take home.
Suitable for families, Free, no need to book
Make An Animal Model That Moves! Sunday 25 August 10.30am – 12noon
Suitable for families Free, no need to book
Inspired by clocks and clockwork toys, make a cardboard animal model that moves.
Paint a plate Saturday 31 August 11am – 3pm
As this activity is fun but quite challenging, adults and children are invited to make a model together. Suggested age range for children is 7 – 12. For more details ring Jane on 641918. Booking essential due to limited places.
Look at the beautiful plates on display in ‘Enlightenment’ exhibition and The Porcelain Gallery and decorate your own ceramic plate to take home. Free but suggested donation £3.00 No need to book, just drop in
July September 2013
Image: Tracy Meek
Summer at Derby Museums BBC Summer of Wildlife Shells and sea creatures and sparkly fishes Friday 26 July 11am – 3pm Get into a seaside mood! Create beautiful pictures inspired by shells and sea creatures, Suitable for families Free, no need to book, just drop in
Wild Flower Meadow Weekend Saturday 10 August 10am – 3pm Sunday 11 August 10am - 1pm Join us to create a giant wildflower meadow collage – come along and add your own creations of flowers, butterflies and insects. Suitable for families Free, no need to book, just drop in
Beautiful butterflies Friday 2 August 11am – 3pm Take inspiration from our butterfly collection and create your own beautiful creatures to take away.
Peregrine Party Friday 9 August 11am – 3pm The peregrine chicks on the Cathedral have flown their nest but come and make a bird mask and learn about the fastest bird in the world! Suitable for families Free, no need to book, just drop in
Wonderful Wildlife Friday 16 August 11am – 3pm Come and see some of our fascinating preserved animals and get a close look at Derbyshire wildlife. Make your own woodland animals to take home. Suitable for all Free, no need to book, just drop in
Shimmery, sparkly fishes Friday 23 August 11am – 3pm Make fishy crafts that shimmer and sparkle. Suitable for families. Free, no need to book, just drop in
Under 5’s Fridays Come and Play! Under 5’s Fridays Friday mornings 10am – 11.30am
Every Friday morning in term time we host an event for children aged between 2 and 5 years and their parents and carers. It’s a great place to meet, have fun and learn together. With a different theme each week, activities include stories, rhymes, songs, crafts, trails and colouring. Throughout the summer holiday, we will run a family craft activity on Fridays open to all ages. We hope you can join us! Free, no need to book, just drop in Suitable for children aged between 2 and 5 years.
Funny faces Friday 13 September Every one loves to pull a funny face! Do it in the mirror to look like a selection of photos or paintings. Create a mask in the same pose!
With Bells On Friday 5 July
Pebble pets Friday 19 July
Doctor, Doctor Friday 20 September
Can you create a ‘noise maker’ to shake and rattle? Join in the music with your new instrument. Take part in a trail around the museum to find various instruments.
You don’t have to feed or walk it. Give your pet rock a name and personality; will it have googly eyes or a wiggly tail?Get inspiration from the objects in the museum collection.
Spot the medicine bottles in the 1001, what ingredients used to be used as remedies, animal, vegetable or mineral? Layer tissue paper to create a mysterious medicine bottle of your own
Washing lines Friday 12 July
Under the sea Friday 6 September
Help us make a washing line full of colourful, clean clothes. Peg them up in the summer breeze. Coloured bubble water makes fantastic frothy art to take home with you.
Look into the deep blue sea and create your own underwater scene, what surprises are there in store hidden in your underwater scene?
Join us for family craft activities for all ages on Fridays throughout the school summer holidays see ‘Summer at Derby Museums’.
Cave Painting Friday 27 September Can you create cave paintings like those from years gone by? Give your art work texture like the real thing.
Trails for Families at the Museum and Art Gallery Available every day during usual opening times.
Enlightenment Trail Follow the trail of the ‘Enlightenment’ objects on display around the museum. Suitable for families Free, pick up a trail sheet from reception anytime
Pottery Number Trail Challenge Hunt for the pottery animals in our porcelain gallery and see if you can work out the answers to their mathematical puzzles. Suitable for families Free, pick up a trail sheet from reception anytime walk.
Trails for Families at Pickford’s House Every day during usual opening times Mouse Tail Trail Choose from 10 exciting trails including Find the little mice hiding in the 1001 objects gallery. Work out their secret code and collect a prize! Suitable for families Free, pick up a trail sheet from reception anytime
• Number Mice • Nursery Rhymes • Animal Shadows • Bagpuss’s Toy Trail • Time for Tea Trail
Joseph Wright Trail
Suitable for families Free, no need to book, just drop in.
Find the portraits of famous artist Joseph Wright hidden around the Museum. Work out his secret code and collect a prize! Suitable for families Free, pick up a trail sheet from reception anytime.
Write with Derby Museums Monthly Poetry group The PM Poets group meet every month at the Derby Museum and Art Gallery and new members are always welcome. For more information, please contact Ken Hewitt at email@example.com or on 01332 382683. The next sessions are:Tuesday 9 July 1.30pm - 3.30pm Tuesday 13 August 1.30pm - 3.30pm Tuesday 10 September 1.30pm - 3.30pm
Derbyshire Scriptwriters’ core activity is to provide critique and feedback of members’ scripts for all dramatic media - screen, stage and radio. Membership costs are £2 per month. However, we are always open to guests if people wish to try us out first before formally joining.
This small friendly creative writing group meets once a month to improve their craft through practice, discussion and critique. Members write poetry, short stories and articles, enter competitions and produce an anthology each year to raise funds. Derwent Writers belong to the National Association of Writing Groups and attend their annual conference.
Sunday 7 July 2pm - 4pm Sunday 4 August 10.30pm – 4.30pm Sunday 1 September 2pm - 4pm
New members are always welcome. Just come along to a session or contact Helen on 01332 600553 for more information. The next meetings are:Thursday 4 July 1pm – 3pm Thursday 1 August 1pm – 3pm Thursday 5 September 1pm – 3pm £2.00 each session, no need to book, just turn up
A detail from: A Philosopher Giving that Lecture on the Orrery, in which a Lamp is put in the Place of the Sun. Joseph Wright, 1766.
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