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

The Recovery Quilt

19 Jul 2019 - 12 Nov 2019

The Recovery Quilt was created by over 50 participants who stitched their personal responses to ‘recovery’.

BRICK HISTORY: A WORLD OF LEGO® AWAITS

19 Jul 2019 - 8 Sep 2019

Brick History takes famous moments from history and imagines them in LEGO® bricks how many do you recognise?

DRAWN INSPIRATION

25 Jul 2019, 29 Aug 2019

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 DO

19 Jul 2019, 6 Sep 2019, 13 Sep 2019, 20 Sep 2019, 27 Sep 2019, 4 Oct 2019, 11 Oct 2019, 18 Oct 2019, 25 Oct 2019

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.

STEAM Tots

10 Aug 2019, 7 Sep 2019

Play, make and learn together amongst our historic collection in this sensory exploration of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics).

FAMILY HANDLING HISTORY

3 Sep 2019, 17 Sep 2019, 1 Oct 2019, 15 Oct 2019

Handling History is our regular object handling morning where you can get up close to some historic objects from our collection.
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.

LEGO® ENGINEERS

20 Jul 2019, 24 Aug 2019

In this engineering-focussed workshop, families can get creative to complete a range of LEGO® challenges, which will encourage teamwork and inventive thinking.

TRAIL: LEGO® LOST IN TIME

20 Jul 2019 - 1 Sep 2019

Some of the LEGO® characters from the Brick History exhibition have escaped and are wandering around the Museum!
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: PAPER CRAFT

31 Jul 2019

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.
Take part in creative building tasks led by Tan Draig and his amazing 500,000 piece LEGO® collection. Learn LEGO® techniques both ‘legal’ and ‘illegal’ as we explore some of the endless ways we can use LEGO®.
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.

HISTORIC DERBY WALK

13 Aug 2019, 3 Sep 2019

Join local historian Maxwell Craven for an easy 70-90 minute stroll through the best of historic Derby.

ART HUB: 3D MODELLING

14 Aug 2019

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.
There are some incredible shadow puppets in the Museum’s World Collection. Learn more about them and have a go at making your very own in this creative drop-in session.

ART HUB: FACES

21 Aug 2019

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: FABRIC ART

28 Aug 2019

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.
Joseph Wright was born in Derby on 3 September 1734. To mark his birthday, Lucy Bamford, Senior Curator of Fine Art and the Joseph Wright Collection, explores some of the objects and stories that provide insights into Wright’s childhood and chart his journey towards becoming a world-renowned artist.

Derby Museum & Art Gallery
The Strand Derby DE1 1BS

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