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Discovery Days Events Wednesday 30th

Wed 30th Oct
Belper Cemetery Chapel
‘Textile Tales’ Tea Party and Tour – recording memories of the 1980s

An invitation to anyone who has memories of working at John Smedley or any other Matlock/Cromford/Bullbridge textile related industry in the 1980s. Come and have a cup of tea, record your memories as part of the National Lottery funded ‘Textile Tales’ project and have a short factory tour.

Times available on booking
Location: John Smedley Ltd, Lea Bridge, DE4 5AG
Cost: Free – donations welcome
Booking essential on 01629 534571 or email reception@johnsmedley.com
Special access arrangements required for people with mobility issues

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Art Hub: Origami

At Art Hub we explore different creative techniques and processes – there is always something new to try in this artist-led session. This time we will explore origami: the Japanese art of paper folding, with a Halloween twist of course!

Time: 10am to 12 noon and 1pm to 3pm
Location: Derby Museum and Art Gallery, DE1 1BS
Cost: Free – donations welcome
No need to book, just drop in
Wheelchair friendly, accessible toilets
Suitable for children aged 7+ with their grown ups

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Kids at Cromford: Upcycling Masters

Learn how to upcycle those items you would have put in your recycling. You will be surprised what you can make!

Time: 10.30am to 3.30pm
Location: Cromford Mills, DE4 3RQ
Cost: £2 per child – suitable for 4+ with their grown ups
No need to book, just drop in
Wheelchair friendly, accessible toilet

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Pickford’s House Family Tour

Our costumed, friendly staff will guide you around Georgian Architect Joseph Pickford’s House to uncover how the house has evolved through the ages and the many residents who called it their home.

Time: 10.30am to 11.30am
Location: Pickford’s House, Derby, DE1 1DA
Cost: Free – donations welcome
No need to book, just turn up, limited places, so come early
Wheelchair accessible to ground floor only
Suitable for children aged 7+ with their grown ups

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Derby Council House Tour

An amazing transformation of the Council House happened in 2012, so here’s your chance to see how new life has been breathed into the original 1930s structure. The tour lasts for 45 minutes to 1 hour and includes all the main public access areas including the impressive Council Chamber, Mayor’s Parlour and Civic areas, Display Gallery and discount voucher for the on-site Relish cafe.

Time: 2pm to 3pm
Location: Council House reception, Derby, DE1 2FS
Cost: £3 – free for Derby City residents, proof required when booking
Booking essential on 01332 255800 (option 1)
Wheelchair friendly, accessible toilets

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Places of Worship

A look at Belper’s fascinating churches and chapels past and present, some of which will be open for you to look inside and talk to the people involved. Town paths, but sometimes uphill.

Time: 2pm to 5pm
Starts: Market Place, Belper, DE56 1FZ
Cost: Adults £5, accompanied under-16s free
Book at wegottickets.com/event/464222
Not suitable for wheelchairs

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Toy Theatre at Pickford’s House

Tucked away in the attic of the Pickford House Museum in Friargate, one can discover the Frank Bradley collection of Model Theatres. Trevor Griffin’s presentation will how how the English Toy Theatre derived from and is a valuable record of the colourful and spectacular entertainments of Georgian London. Using two short films he will talk about how and why Toy Theatre developed and then declined, how it was produced and performed and the influence it had on well known Victorians. He will also show a recreation of the performance of the final scene of its best known play. Trevor knew Frank Bradley and will explain the background to the collection and what it contains.

Time: 3pm to 4pm
Location: Pickford’s House, Derby, DE1 1DA
Cost: Free – donations welcome
Booking essential on 01629 536831
Not suitable for wheelchairs

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Josias Jessop, Civil Engineer and his association with Early Railways

An introduction to the second son of William Jessop, Engineer and how, but for the fickle hand of fate, he may very well have come to eclipse George Stephenson, the ‘so-called’ Father of Railways.

Time: 7pm to 8pm
Location: Gothic Warehouse, Cromford Wharf, DE4 3RQ
Cost: Free – donations welcome
Booking advised on 01629 536831
Wheelchair friendly, accessible toilet

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