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Quarries of the Lower Derwent Valley

Hear all about the quarries of the Lower Derwent Valley and the amazing contributions that they have made to the local economy. Sessions can be booked individually
Enjoy learning landscape, conservation and craft skills with Derbyshire County Council’s Adult Community Education Service and partners.

Sat 18th Feb/Mon 6th Mar
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Summer Season begins at Strutts North Mill

Summer season begins at Strutts North Mill and launches with a temporary photographic exhibition by Jeff Mander – an exploration of Derbyshire woodlands.

Wed 1st Mar
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The Silk Mill
Making the Museum of Making

A great opportunity to learn new skills, use your hands and create something in this free workshop Museum of Making Project at the Silk Mill.

Thu 2nd Mar
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Willow Garden Sculpture

Learn how to create beautiful and useful willow sculpture to take away with you.

Get Skilled for DerwentWISE taster sessions and courses.

Sat 4th Mar
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Silk Mill Museum of Making
Museum of Making

This is a great opportunity to learn new skills, use your hands and create something for the Museum of Making Project at The Silk Mill.

Sat 4th Mar
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Silk Mill Museum of Making
Hubbub

Come and join the hubbub while we prepare some of our group collections ready for decant. Clean, mark, photograph and chat with our collections team at The Silk Mill.

Sat 4th Mar
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Handling History
Handling History

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

Tue 7th Mar
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Costumed tour guide
Beyond the Velvet Rope

The friendly staff at Pickford’s House are available to offer you tours of the house throughout the week. Each Wednesday a member of our team will be in traditional 18th century costume to make this experience extra special.

Wed 8th Mar
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Silk Mill Museum of Making
Museum of Making

This is a great opportunity to learn new skills, use your hands and create something for the Museum of Making Project at the Silk Mill.

Thu 9th Mar
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Stained Glass

Learn to create beautiful stained glass pieces using copper foil technique on this five week evening course at Derbyshire ECO Centre.

Thu 9th Mar
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Robot
Robot Day

Returning for a second year to The Silk Mill, come and see the robots compete in three events as part of the Robot Triathlon 2017.

Sat 11th Mar
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Living Willow Structures

Work with living willow to create structures such as domes, tunnels or seats

Enjoy learning landscape, conservation and craft skills with Derbyshire County Council’s Adult Community Education Service and partners.

Sat 11th Mar
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Celebration
World Heritage Celebration

Drop in to this FREE event and help us to celebrate our 15 years as a World Heritage Site. Find out more about this wonderful site right here on your door-step!

Sat 11th Mar
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Belper in a Hurry walk
Belper in a Hurry

Belper in a Hurry: free walk, as part of the World Heritage Site Celebration event.

Sat 11th Mar
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Silk Mill Museum of Making
Body of Knowledge

Undertaken by dance artists Body of Knowledge is a year-long research project that explores the body as a means of making, inspired by the Silk Mill.

Sat 11th Mar
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STEAM Tots
Steam Tots

This sensory exploration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths (STEAM) has been designed for under 5s and their grown-ups to experience together at the Silk Mill.

Sat 11th Mar
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Into Town and Back
Into Town and Back

Into Town and Back: A free hour long walk up to the Market Place and back, looking at historical features.

Sat 11th Mar
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Dry stone walling
Dry Stone Walling

Dry Stone Walling – Lantra Level 1 – Gain the basic knowledge and skills to repair stone walls to a satisfactory standard.

Mon 13th Mar
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Parks of the Lower Derwent Valley

Come and learn about about our historic parks. This day will involve guided walks to two fantastic park sites in the Lower Derwent Valley – Darley Abbey Park and Willersley Castle. Find out about their history, development and the impact they had locally.

Mon 13th Mar
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Costumed tour guide
Beyond the Velvet Rope

The friendly staff at Pickford’s House are available to offer you tours of the house throughout the week. Each Wednesday a member of our team will be in traditional 18th century costume to make this experience extra special.

Wed 15th Mar
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Get Active
NNAS Bronze Navigation Award

This course is for those with a basic knowledge of map reading and navigation who wish to develop their knowledge and gain a nationally recognized award.

Thu 16th Mar/Fri 24th Mar
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Lichens and Lichenology

This fact filled talk will definitely have you liking lichens.

Steve Price is Lichen Recorder for Derbyshire, and Field Meetings Secretary for the British Lichen Society and used to be Senior Reserves Officer at Derbyshire Wildlife Trust. Ladybower Wood reserve is probably the best place in the region for these enigmatic organisms.

Fri 17th Mar
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Family Forest School 7 years plus

Our Forest School session for families with children aged 7 years and over have all the same fun as our other family sessions but are planned with slightly older children in mind.

Sat 18th Mar
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Family Forest Schools

Come and join us for our monthly Family Forest School sessions in the woods around carsington water. Activities vary but may typically include den building, woodland crafts using tools, fire lighting or art activities.

Sat 18th Mar
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Derby Museums
Talk at The Museum and Art Gallery

Join Emeritus Professor Jonathan Powers for an exploration into the drama, tension and ethics raised in one of Joseph Wright’s masterpieces An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump.

Sat 18th Mar
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Derby Museums
Wonderdome

This British Science Week we are delighted to invite you to explore Wonderdome – the mobile planetarium – at Derby Museum and Art Gallery.

Sat 18th Mar
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Silk Mill Museum of Making
3D Scanning

Discover how the latest 3D scanning technology is allowing us to make our collections accessible in new ways at The Silk Mill.

Sat 18th Mar
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LouLou’s Vintage Fair

Browse and shop at LouLou’s Vintage Fair, 40 stalls of the best vintage fashion, accessories, homeware and collectibles from the 1930s to the 1980s.

Sun 19th Mar
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Nature tots ; Plants get Growing

Come along to our playgroup with a difference. Nature Tots has a different wildlife theme for every session and encourages tots and parents to get outdoors to learn together. Sessions include a story, outdoor activities, crafts and a snack and drink.

Mon 20th Mar
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Duffield Castle Stones

Learn about Duffield Castle and how it fits in with the Lower Derwent Valley- was it made of stone? Where did it come from and where has it gone?
Get Skilled for DerwentWISE

Mon 20th Mar
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Handling History
Handling History

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

Tue 21st Mar
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Costumed tour guide
Beyond the Velvet Rope

The friendly staff at Pickford’s House are available to offer you tours of the house throughout the week. Each Wednesday a member of our team will be in traditional 18th century costume to make this experience extra special.

Wed 22nd Mar
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Silk Mill Museum of Making
Museum of Making

This is a great opportunity to learn new skills, use your hands and create something for the Museum of Making Project at The Silk Mill.

Thu 23rd Mar
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We are Bronte
We are Bronte

Deadpan comic visual theatre at its most superb, and its most silly, results in this madcap physical interpretation of the Bronte myth.

Thu 23rd Mar
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Derby Museums
The Merchant of Images

Come and have your photo taken and playfully tweaked using fantastic backdrops and theatrically staged poses within The Merchant of Images Photo Studio.

Fri 24th Mar
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Derby Museums
Format 17 Exhibition

This exhibition explores early studio photography from 1854 onwards with a focus on the collection of W W Winter Studio in Derby.

Fri 24th Mar/Sun 11th Jun
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How to Read a Wall

Discover how to uncover and record the history hidden in the walls. With experts from Walls for the Future, this dry stone wall survey training course is for anyone who would like to help us survey and record walls in the Middleton area.

Sat 25th Mar
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No 28
Transition Cafe

Transition Belper’s monthly cafe at No 28 Market Place.

Sat 25th Mar
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Silk Mill Museum of Making
Silk Mill Workshop Induction

If you’re interested in getting involved in the manufacturing side of Making the Museum, come along to this workshop induction.

Sat 25th Mar
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Manufacturing through the Ages

The Council for British Archaeology (East Midlands) conference will explore various aspects of manufacturing from the Bronze Age through to the 20th century.

Sun 26th Mar
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Dessert Demonstration and Afternoon Tea
Dessert Demonstrations

A unique opportunity to enjoy a stunning dessert making demonstration and enjoy a delectable selection of sweet and savoury treats.

Sun 26th Mar
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Milford
Around Sunny Hill

Around Sunny Hill, Milford walk, looking at Milford’s west side story – Derbyshire’s oldest school building still in its original use, Sunny Hill and the Chevin Hill.

Sun 26th Mar
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Lumsdale Valley
A Walk down through the Lumsdale Valley

A Walk through Lumsdale Valley, a wooded gorge of outstanding natural beauty, exploring the stone mill ruins, ponds and waterfalls

Sun 26th Mar
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Costumed tour guide
Beyond the Velvet Rope

The friendly staff at Pickford’s House are available to offer you tours of the house throughout the week. Each Wednesday a member of our team will be in traditional 18th century costume to make this experience extra special.

Wed 29th Mar
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Derby Museums
Object Stories

Object Stories is a chance to discover more about a few personal highlights of the collection from staff at Derby Museum and Art Gallery.

Wed 29th Mar
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Derby Museums
Adult Drawing Class

Each month, we will be looking at new drawing techniques as we draw inspiration from the outstanding collections on display.

Thu 30th Mar
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Silk Mill Museum of Making
Hubbub

Come and join the hubbub while we prepare some of our group collections ready for decant. Clean, mark, photograph and chat with the collections team at the Silk Mill.

Thu 30th Mar
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Silk Mill Museum of Making
Museum of Making

This is a great opportunity to learn new skills, use your hands and create something for the Museum of Making Project at The Silk Mill.

Thu 30th Mar
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