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What’s On January - March 2014



The big story this quarter is The Silk Mill and “Re:Making the Museum”, a project to redevelop this iconic building as a space to inspire the maker, creator and innovator in us all. Since October, hundreds of you have been involved in designing and creating furniture, fixtures and signage, discussing how the space could function and selecting objects from our collection to illustrate the significance of the space and the heritage of the city.

Co-make Workshops

Phase one of Re:Make focused on idea sharing, preparing the ground floor space and the initial experimentation in our new workshop, allowing for the next phase in the co-make process to begin. The Silk Mill will be open on a regular basis and throughout January and February we are offering drop-in Co-make Workshops for you to get involved in this exciting next phase. See opposite for opening times and more information.

11 January, 18 January, 25 January, 1 February, 8 February, 15 February.

2014 promises to be an exciting time at the Museum and Art Gallery with the arrival of a café, a space to refresh and reflect after your visit with us. The Joseph Wright Institute will be a place to celebrate the legacy of Derby’s world famous eighteenth century artist, allowing everyone the opportunity to learn about his life and works through a programme of events, activities and online resources. Along with these exciting additions there may be a bit of disruption in parts of the museum for the next few months as we are having some work done to reduce the risks of fire. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause to you and your visit. Please check the website or get in touch with us on 01332 641904 for more information.

Happy New Year! The Derby Museums Team

Thursdays: 6-9pm 9 January, 16 January, 23 January, 30 January, 6 February, 13 February. Saturdays: 1-5pm

Sundays: 11am-3pm 12 January, 19 January, 26 January, 2 February, 9 February, 16 February.

Come and unlock your inner maker and help us to Re:Make the Museum. The next stage of the project looks at designing and making the furniture and fittings for the ground floor, along with planning how the space could function. You can design café furniture, interactive displays, exhibition fixtures and fittings and more. Reviving past skills or learning new ones, this is your opportunity to make part of The Silk Mill! To find out how to be part of this project visit: or call 01332 642234



We are delighted to announce a new development at the Museum and Art Gallery celebrating our world class Joseph Wright collection. The Joseph Wright Institute will be both a physical and virtual facility for everyone to experience, explore, learn from and be inspired by. We are currently in the planning stages and hope to invite you all to share this experience from spring 2014 leading up to the official launch in May when the ‘Joseph Wright of Derby: Bath and Beyond’ exhibition opens at the Museum and Art Gallery.

Museum & Art Gallery

Pickford’s House

The Silk Mill

Opening Times

Opening Times

Opening Times

The Institute will be made up of a number of distinct areas including: - The Study Room will be a space housing our collection of Wright’s drawings along with a host of resources. - The Exploratory will be a place for activity, exploration, discovery and engagement in collections that illustrate Wright’s life and times. - The Joseph Wright Gallery, which was recently refurbished, forms the centrepiece of the Institute and is already a feature at the Museum and Art Gallery. - A host of exhibitions, activities, publications, seminars, education sessions and online resources will be developed and delivered in 2014 and beyond.

The Strand Derby DE1 1BS 01332 641901

Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm Bank Holiday Mondays 10am-5pm

41 Friar Gate Derby DE1 1DA 01332 641901

Tuesday- Saturday 10am-5pm Sunday 1-4pm

SUPPORT US Derby Museums is a charitable trust and relies on funding and grants from organisations and donations from businesses and the general public. Thanks for your support! Derby Museums Charity registration number - 1149710

Donate Text ‘DMTR10 £10’ to 70070 to donate £10 By cheque made payable to Derby Museums and send to Museum & Art Gallery, The Strand, Derby, DE1 1BS Using the Just Giving website When you visit us donate in one of our collection boxes Visit our shop and make a purchase Volunteer your free time - Email

Silk Mill Lane Derby DE1 3AF 01332 641901 Thursday 3-9pm Friday 1-5pm Saturday 1-5pm Sunday 11am-3pm

THINGS TO DO Exhibition: Painting in Focus: LS Lowry until 12 January Museum & Art Gallery

Taken from our own collection this is a rare chance to intimately explore a piece of work from an iconic artist who our county has the right to claim partly as our own.

Talk: The Queen that Never Was Thursday 9 January 2pm Museum & Art Gallery A look at the life of the granddaughter of Bess of Hardwick and almost Queen of England, Lady Arabella Stuart. Free, no need to book, just drop in. Suitable for adults

Vintage Crafts Courses Friday 10 January Friday 21 March 1-3pm Museum & Art Gallery Learn a craft technique in each session then produce a finished piece. Presented in partnership with Derby Adult Learning Service. Suitable for adults £45-90 dependent upon income To book- 01332 717900 or

Talk: Titanic Thursday 6 February 2pm Museum & Art Gallery Find out more about the worlds most famous ship with Helen Monk. Free, no need to book, just drop in. Suitable for adults

FREE FAMILY FUN Reel Vision Grassroots Film Festival: Celebrating Women’s History Month

Brilliant Blossom

Make and Take!

Handbags and Gladrags

Saturday 25 January 10am-12noon and 1-3pm Pickford’s House

Wednesday 19 February 10am-12noon and 1-3pm Pickford’s House

Saturday 1 March 2-3.30pm Museum & Art Gallery

Pop along to Pickford’s and create a lucky cherry blossom tree ready for Chinese New Year.

Sunday 16 February Sunday 23 February 11am-3pm The Silk Mill

Documentary Spitfire Sisters, 2010, tells the story of the women who flew for the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) in World War Two. Influential documentary Here We Go – Women Living the Strike! traces the vital role of women during the 1984-85 miner’s strike. Free, no need to book, just drop in. Suitable for adults

Event: International Women’s Day Saturday 8 March 10am-4pm Assembly Rooms

Meet a WWI nurse and enjoy a day of crafts, activities, talks and object handling. Free, no need to book, just drop in. Suitable for all

Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve Saturday 8 February 10am-12noon and 1-3pm Pickford’s House Pucker up and make a loveydovey raised rosebud heart ready for Valentine’s Day.

Drop in and enjoy make and take activities that are fun for all the family.

Make a card in the shape of a handbag, hat, shirt or tie and then decorate it to suit your own taste.

Random Robots

Roll out the Rolling Stock

Tuesday 18 February 10am-12noon and 1-3pm Pickford’s House

Thursday 20 February 10am-12noon and 1-3pm Pickford’s House

Get back to the future and create your own robot from paper clips, screws, washers and buttons!

Chug along to create your own railway carriage and loco engines!

Tea Time Trains

Chinese Whispers Saturday 15 February 11am-3pm Museum & Art Gallery

Celebrate the end of Chinese New Year with lantern making, lion dancers and objects from the collection.

Marvellous Mice Friday 21 February 11am-3pm Museum & Art Gallery

Thursday 20 February 3-6pm The Silk Mill Put yourself in the driver’s seat, enjoy railway crafts and visit the Midland Railway Study Centre. Meet some friendly harvest mice, follow the tail trail and make your own mouse to take home.

WRITE WITH DERBY MUSEUMS Dinosaur Day Saturday 22 February 11am-3pm Museum & Art Gallery

Follow our prehistoric trail, handle some objects and meet some real life reptiles. It’s going to be ROAR-some!

Spring Flowers Saturday 29 March 11am-3pm Museum & Art Gallery Enjoy our flower power trail, make cards and flowers ready for Mother’s Day!

PM Poets

Derwent Writers

Derbyshire Scriptwriters

2nd Tuesday of the month 1.30-3.30pm Museum & Art Gallery

1st Thursday of the month 1-3pm Museum & Art Gallery

1st Sunday of the month 2-4pm Museum & Art Gallery

Contact: 01332 382683

Contact: 01332 600553




Every Friday morning from 10-11.30am in term time we run an event for children aged between 2 and 5 years old, along with their parents and carers. It’s a great place to meet, have fun and learn together. Activities include stories, crafts, trails, songs, object handling and colouring with a different theme each week.

Museum in Focus

Friday 10 January Viking Warriors Friday 17 January Brilliant Birds Friday 24 January Tartan-tastic Friday 31 January Chinese New Year Friday 7 February Meet the Romans Friday 14 February Valentines Hearts Friday 28 February Going Potty Friday 7 March Carnival! Friday 14 March Luck of the Irish Friday 21 March Wild About Spring Friday 28 March Flowers for Mother

Saturday 2pm and Sunday 2pm- Every Week Museum & Art Gallery Want to know how a museum works? Meet a different member of staff each day and learn from their knowledge and experience.

LEARN WITH DERBY MUSEUMS Education Visits Derby Museums offer a wide range of educational activities for schools, colleges and universities for students of all ages. To find out more contact 01332 641901.

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Other funders, Supporters and Partners: The Friends of Derby Museums and Art Gallery, Happy Museums, Derby Makers and Derby Adult Learning Service.

Derby Museums What's On January-March 2014  

Derby Museums What's On January-March 2014