Derby Museum & Art Gallery

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Objects of Love, Hope and Fear: A World Collection

A friendly gallery full to bursting with ordinary and extraordinary objects from around the world.

The room is arranged into seven zones entitled Consume, Believe, Create, Conflict, Furnish, Adorn and Communicate. Each of objects you’ll experience has a history of human connection, having been crafted, used, loved, lost, stolen, collected, stored or hidden and now displayed with the greatest of respect. They connect to historic events full of horror, joy and everything in between. From talking drums and wooden pillows, to terrible weapons designed to torture enslaved workers. Each zone will offer both comfort and discomfort and we challenge you to not find something that captivates your head and heart.

Joseph Wright Gallery

Derby Museums is home to the world’s largest collection of works by Joseph Wright of Derby.

Born in Derby in 1734, Wright is an internationally renowned artist, whose paintings and works on paper adorn the walls of major galleries the world over. Famed as a “painter of light” and for his association with key members of the intellectual movement known as the Enlightenment, he is now considered to be one of Britain’s most interesting and wide-ranging painters. The Joseph Wright Gallery is a permanent space dedicated to showcasing the full range of his spectacular paintings alongside small, temporary displays of drawings and prints from the museums’ collection.

Families / Learning

There’s always something for families to enjoy together at Derby Museums.

We ensure that our events and activities are suitable for the whole family, with creative opportunities to learn together and create memorable experiences. From our weekly Tots Make & Do session at the Museum & Art Gallery for under 5s and their grown-ups, the opportunity to handle real objects from the collection in Handling History as well as a full programme of holiday activities when schools are closed.

Monday: Closed.
Tuesday-Saturday: 10am - 5pm.
Sunday: 12pm - 4pm

Tots Make and Do is a weekly session where we welcome 2-5 year olds with their grown-ups for crafts, games and stories inspired by our fabulous collections.

FAMILY HANDLING HISTORY

28 Feb 2020, 31 Mar 2020, 12 May 2020, 26 May 2020, 9 Jun 2020, 23 Jun 2020

Handling History is our regular object handling morning where you can get up close to some historic objects from our collection.
Explore the making process and progression of modernist sculptor Ronald Pope (1920-1997) and a series of artists who have all won the Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award in the last 19 years.
Explore the making process and progression of modernist sculptor Ronald Pope (1920-1997) and a series of artists who have all won the Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award in the last 19 years.

STEAM TOTS

7 Mar 2020, 4 Apr 2020, 13 Jun 2020

Play, make and learn together amongst our historic collections in this sensory exploration of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics).
From the Renaissance onwards, artists became celebrities. Names such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rembrandt and our very own Joseph Wright are familiar to us all, but what about their female contemporaries?
Members of the Multi Faith Centre at Derby University are pleased to invite people to the museum to see and hear different faith leaders introducing their favourite devotional/cultural objects in our World Collections gallery.
As part of British Science week we will be exploring Sir Isaac Newton’s Three Laws of Motion. In this interactive workshop discover the physics behind the Laws, and then use your knowledge to complete our challenges.
This artist-led activity is aimed at adults of all artistic abilities from complete beginners through to confident sketchers! Each month there is a different theme to explore.
Tots Make and Do is a monthly session where we welcome 2-5 year olds with their grown-ups for crafts, games and stories inspired by our fabulous collections.
Derby Museums presents an Evening with Charles Hanson, director and auctioneer of Hansons Auctioneers and star of BBC’s Bargain Hunt, Flog It and Antiques Road Trip.

THE PHASES OF THE MOON TRAIL

4 Apr 2020 - 19 Apr 2020

MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY From 4 April 2020 to 19 April 2020 TICKETS: TRAIL SHEETS £1 EACH / FREE FOR DERBY MUSEUMS' FAMILY FRIENDS VISIT LIST OF EVENTS FORAGES 5-15 VISIT LIST OF EVENTS FORFAMILIES SHARE THIS TWEET THIS SHARE ON FACEBOOK SHARE ON LINKEDIN EMAIL A LINK TO THIS PAGE Did you know that the moon decides when Easter falls? Journey around the museum on a voyage of discovery to learn more about our lunar friend in the sky.
At Art Hub we explore different creative techniques and processes – there’s always something new to try in this artist-led session.
In this session the whole family is welcome to play, make and have fun together. Each one is focused on a theme to help you and your family explore your creative sides.

ART HUB: AFRICAN ART

15 Apr 2020

At Art Hub we explore different creative techniques and processes – there’s always something new to try in this artist-led session.
In this session the whole family is welcome to play, make and have fun together.
Tots Make and Do is a monthly session where we welcome 2-5 year olds with their grown-ups for crafts, games and stories inspired by our fabulous collections.
This artist-led activity is aimed at adults of all artistic abilities from complete beginners through to confident sketchers! Each month there is a different theme to explore.
Robert Erskine was a young man when he first met Ronald Pope at his home and studio near Melbourne, Derbyshire.
This touring exhibition from The House of Illustration celebrates illustrator Quentin Blake’s long partnership with writer John Yeoman, featuring more than 40 works including illustrations and books by the two. Derby Museums has a range of family activities on offer, inspired by this exhibition over the summer months.
Tots Make and Do is a monthly session where we welcome 2-5 year olds with their grown-ups for crafts, games and stories inspired by our fabulous collections.

ART HUB: ILLUSTRATION

27 May 2020

At Art Hub we explore different creative techniques and processes – there’s always something new to try in this artist-led session.
This artist-led activity is aimed at adults of all artistic abilities from complete beginners through to confident sketchers!
In this session the whole family is welcome to play, make and have fun together. Each one is focused on a theme to help you and your family explore your creative sides.
Dr Erasmus Darwin seemed an innocuous Midlands physician and stalwart of 18th Century society, but there was another side to him.

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The Strand Derby DE1 1BS

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