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Shellshock
Shellshock

Shellshock is an exhibition of paintings by members of Headway Derby, who took inspiration from art, poetry, photographs and letters to create work, which resonates with their own experiences of head injury.

Sat 23rd Jan/Sun 21st Feb
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Joseph Wright painting
Joseph Wright of Derby

We’d like to invite you to explore Joseph Wright of Derby, in anticipation of the opening of our exhibition, Joseph Wright and the Lure of Italy in March.

Sat 30th Jan/Sun 28th Feb
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Knit and natter
Knit and Natter

At our Knit and Natter sessions you can come along either alone or with a friend and have a cup of tea/coffee and a chat with the friendly locals who come along each week.

Mon 1st Feb
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Knitathon
Knitathon

Get your knit on! Please join us with your 4mm/size 8 knitting needles and any double knitting wool you have: chat while you knit squares…

Tue 2nd Feb
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Object Handling
Handling History

Handling History sessions enable you to get up close and handle authentic objects from the museum collection and learn the history of these fascinating objects.

Tue 2nd Feb
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Hansons Valuation Day
Hanson’s Valuation Days

Come along and meet one of the Hanson’s valuation team who will be available to advise on antiques, jewellery, coins, ceramics and more!

Wed 3rd Feb
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Costumed tour guide
Beyond the Velvet Rope

An extra special opportunity to experience the magic of Pickford’s House whilst being guided by one of our Visitor Service Assistants in traditional 18th century costume.

Wed 3rd Feb
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Handling Nature
Handling Nature

Come and handle our beautiful stick insects, who are brought out especially for Handling Nature! Learn all about these fascinating insects whilst getting the chance to handle and study them for yourself.

Wed 3rd Feb
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Strutt Family Albums
Strutt Family Albums

Join Adrian Farmer as he lets us into the fascinating world of the Strutt family’s home life through photographs of the family at rest and play between 1863 and 1920.

Wed 3rd Feb
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Train the trainer
Train the trainer

Introduction to Trainer Skills (7300) is a City and Guilds qualification and is aimed at individuals who have responsibility for training others within an organisation or community group in the Lower Derwent Valley. It aims to give an introduction to the concepts of a systematic approach to training.

Thu 4th Feb
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Feather Duster
Give your group a spring clean

Amber Valley CVS are hosting a FREE Training Course which will include: Reviewing your aims & objectives: Planning for Fundraising; How to write Funding Applications; Refreshing Marketing & Communication; Learning about Event Planning

Thu 4th Feb
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Richard III

Join The Friends of Derby Museums and Richard Stone for a talk on Richard III.

Thu 4th Feb
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Tots make and do
Tots Make and Do

It’s a double celebration this week in Tots Make and Do! With stories running throughout the morning and beautiful crafts to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Monkey!

Fri 5th Feb
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Swing Dance
Swing Dance

Come and dance the night away at Masson Mills.

Fri 5th Feb
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Winter tree identification

Winter tree identification: Recognise trees that grow in Derbyshire by their outline, twigs, buds and fruit

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

Sat 6th Feb
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ship of fools
Ship of Fools

Ship of Fools Stand up Comedy with Alan Seaman, Ste Porter, Phil Pagett and Mike Dryburgh.

Sat 6th Feb
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Basket making
Basket making

Get Skilled for DerwentWISE taster sessions and courses for people living in the project area

Basket making: Learn or develop basket weaving techniques to make a large basket or a couple of small ones

Sun 7th Feb
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Special Work Parties

Join the Friends of Cromford Canal to do some vital reed pulling work around Lawn Bridge to clear the channel through canal for tripboat Birdswood to operate.

Sun 7th Feb
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Pancake Race
Pancake Race

The Cromford Mills Pancake Race is open to all ages; bring your own frying pan and race a short distance whilst flipping your pancake.

Sun 7th Feb
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Afternoon tea dance
Afternoon Tea Dance

Come and dance throughout the afternoon at Masson Mills in the Arkwright Tea Rooms. It’s free to attend so you can practice your dancing in an fun environment.

Mon 8th Feb
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dance class social ballroom
Dance Class

Learn to dance Social Ballroom at Masson Mills with ‘All Ruzzit Buzzit’ who has been teaching dancing for over 20 years.

Mon 8th Feb
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Knitting needles and wool
Knit and Natter

Join Jennie Binks for a morning of knitting and nattering. This drop in session is suitable for anyone who wants to knit, learn to knit, or just fancies a chat!

Wed 10th Feb
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Costumed tour guide
Beyond the Velvet Rope

An extra special opportunity to experience the magic of Pickford’s House whilst being guided by one of our Visitor Service Assistants in traditional 18th century costume.

Wed 10th Feb
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Derby Silk Mill
3D Scanning

Join us for this drop in demonstration of how 3D scanning processes allow Derby Museums to digitise the collection and provide new ways to explore our fascinating objects.

Wed 10th Feb
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Cromford Village and Pond
Before Arkwright

Cliff Lea’s talk will reveal some of the fascinating activities and occupations that went on and the very different way of life before Arkwright arrived.

Wed 10th Feb
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Derby Silk Mill
Future Museums

We are delighted to invite guest speakers from around the country for an evening discussion about the evolving role of museums today.

Thu 11th Feb
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Tots make and do
Tots Make and Do

Tots Make and Do is a weekly session taking place ever Friday morning during term time, where we welcome 2-5 year olds and their grown ups for crafts, games and stories inspired by our fabulous collections.

Fri 12th Feb
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Derby Silk Mill
Conversation

Join Tony Butler, Derby Museum’s Executive Director and Neil White, Derby Telegraph Editor for a conversation and discussion about the role Derby Museum plays in the city.

Fri 12th Feb
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Swing Dance
Valentine’s Dance

Celebrate St Valentine’s – come and dance the night away at Masson Mills.

Fri 12th Feb
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Belper Farmers Market
Belper Farmers Market

Belper Farmers Market is held on the second Saturday of every month on Belper’s historic Market Place.

Sat 13th Feb
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Derby Silk Mill
What if

Come and be part of building a What If? Machine – a consequential, self-triggering, over-engineered machine invented to complete a simple task.

Sat 13th Feb
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hedgelaying
Hedgelaying for improvers

Get Skilled for DerwentWISE taster sessions and courses for people living in the project area

Hedgelaying for improvers: Hedgelaying is the traditional way to manage hedgerows, this course is for people who already have an understanding of hedgelaying

Sat 13th Feb
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Landscape Edit
Landscape Edit

Join us to celebrate the launch of the new landscapes display. Create your own landscape collage from fragments and follow the new landscape trail around the museum. Come and meet the curators to find out more about The Landscape Edit Exhibition.

Sat 13th Feb
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Practical woodland management

Get Skilled for DerwentWISE taster sessions and courses for people living in the project area

Practical woodland management: Learn how to plan basic woodland management and safely fell small trees

Sun 14th Feb
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Arkwright's Cafe, Cromford Mills
Valentine Lunch

Enjoy a sparkling lunch for two in Arkwright’s Cafe including a selection of sandwiches, romantic themed cakes and homemade scones, and a glass of sparkling Prosecco each.

Sun 14th Feb
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Afternoon tea dance
Afternoon Tea Dance

Come and dance throughout the afternoon at Masson Mills in the Arkwright Tea Rooms. It’s free to attend so you can practice your dancing in an fun environment.

Mon 15th Feb
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Dance Class

Learn to dance Social Ballroom at Masson Mills with ‘All Ruzzit Buzzit’ who has been teaching dancing for over 20 years.

Mon 15th Feb
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Ashford Light Railway

The Ashford Light Railway – an illustrated talk by Richard Booth.

Mon 15th Feb
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Coppicing & Hurdle Making

Do you like wildlife and enjoy having fun outdoors?
If so, become a Wildlife Ranger and help Derbyshire Wildlife Trust look after wildlife in the Derwent Valley

Tue 16th Feb
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Pickford's House
Georgian Fans

Join us at Pickford’s House and create a beautiful Georgian fan!

Tue 16th Feb
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Handling history
Handling History

Led by Angela Tarnowski, Curator of 9th/12th Lancers Museum, this is an opportunity to handle and try on some of the uniforms and equipment currently used by the military.

Tue 16th Feb
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Archaeology Day
Handling History

Come and handle objects that are millions of years old and discover the secrets of some of our beautiful Jurassic specimens.

Tue 16th Feb
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There’s more to walls!

WORKING WITH STONE
A DerwentWISE Project with Walls for the Future

An illustrated talk by Trevor Wragg, Walls for the Future

Tue 16th Feb
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Costumed tour guide
Beyond the Velvet Rope

An extra special opportunity to experience the magic of Pickford’s House whilst being guided by one of our Visitor Service Assistants in traditional 18th century costume.

Wed 17th Feb
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Art Hub Ceramic Creations
Art Hub

Our beautiful ceramic collection is looking better than ever after a re-display. Take a closer look at these wonderful pieces and discover the stories behind them! Drop in to the Art Hub and decorate your own piece of ceramic to take home.

Wed 17th Feb
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Perfect Portraits
Perfect Portraits

Paint a beautiful portrait – just like the ones on display. You can even create a shimmering golden frame for your new masterpiece.

Thu 18th Feb
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Handling Nature: Stick Insect
Handling Nature

Some friendly stick insects will be visiting notice nature feel joy today! Drop by and see these beautiful insects up close in the gallery.

Thu 18th Feb
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Writers Hub
Derby Writers Hub

Drop in and join Derby’s writing community to write, share skills, exchange ideas, socialize and find inspiration. These events are run by Derby-based literature collective, Hello Hubmarine.

Thu 18th Feb
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Family Friday
Roman Revelry

Take a trip to Ancient Rome as we take over the Activity Room at the Museum.

Fri 19th Feb
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Ambassadors of Swing

“The Ambassadors of Swing”, featuring Grace Radford and Ruby Rich, playing the best in Rock and Roll, Jump, Jive and Swing at Masson Mills.

Fri 19th Feb
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Dry Stone Walling Taster

WORKING WITH STONE
A DerwentWISE Project with Walls for the Future

Practical ‘have a go’ day taught by our expert wallers

Sat 20th Feb
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Natural cordage and barkcraft
Natural cordage and barkcraft

Get Skilled for DerwentWISE taster sessions and courses for people living in the project area

Natural cordage and barkcraft: Using natural materials, learn how to create your cord from plants and use stripped bark to create useful objects

Sat 20th Feb
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Handling history
WWI Family Day

Discover more about researching your own WWI family history. Handle military uniforms and equipment, and make your very own WWI inspired postcard.

Sat 20th Feb
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Shellshock
Shellshock

Join members of Headway Derby as they perform their short drama, Shellshock, inspired by WWI. The performance will last for around 20 minutes.

Sat 20th Feb
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Arkwright spinsters
Arkwright Spinsters

The Arkwright Spinsters will be demonstrating spinning and fibre crafting and sharing their skills. Bring your own spinning wheel and learn to spin.

Sun 21st Feb
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Introduction to archaelogy

Get Skilled for DerwentWISE taster sessions and courses for people living in the project area

Introduction to archaeology: This course will introduce you to the topics of: Underwater archaeology, Prehistory, Roman Empire, Roman Britain, Heritage & archaeology and how they relate to the Lower Derwent Valley

Mon 22nd Feb
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Surveying
Introduction to Archaeology

This 5 week course at Derbyshire Eco Centre will introduce you to the topics of Underwater Archaeology, Prehistory, Roman Empire, Roman Britain, Heritage and Archaeology and how they relate to the Lower Derwent Valley

Mon 22nd Feb/Mon 21st Mar
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Afternoon tea dance
Afternoon Tea Dance

Come and dance throughout the afternoon at Masson Mills in the Arkwright Tea Rooms. It’s free to attend so you can practice your dancing in an fun environment.

Mon 22nd Feb
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Dance Class

Learn to dance Social Ballroom with ‘All Ruzzit Buzzit’ who has been teaching dancing for over 20 years.

Mon 22nd Feb
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Costumed tour guide
Beyond the Velvet Rope

An extra special opportunity to experience the magic of Pickford’s House whilst being guided by one of our Visitor Service Assistants in traditional 18th century costume.

Wed 24th Feb
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Object Stories
Object Stories

Every object tells a story, and these fascinating tales will be explored in this short talk. No need to book, just drop in and discover something new!

Wed 24th Feb
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Hidden histories
Hidden Histories

Join us during this LGBT history month for a fascinating insight into the life of Maxwell Ashby Armfield and his wife Constance Smedley.

Wed 24th Feb
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Drawn Inspiration
Drawn Inspiration

Drawn inspiration is an artist led activity aimed at adults of all artistic abilities, from complete beginners through to confident sketchers!

Thu 25th Feb
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Tots make and do
Tots Make and Do

Tots Make and Do is a weekly session taking place ever Friday morning during term time, where we welcome 2-5 year olds and their grown ups for crafts, games and stories inspired by our fabulous collections.

Fri 26th Feb
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Dine and Demo
Dine and Demo

After a welcome drink and canapes, you will be given a cookery master class demonstration by Ralph Skripek of The Butlers Pantry followed by a course of hearty game casserole.

Fri 26th Feb
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hurdle making
Hurdle Making

Get Skilled for DerwentWISE taster sessions and courses for people living in the project area

Hurdle making: Learn the elusive skill of splitting thin hazel rods to weave into a strong panel for the garden

Sat 27th Feb
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Roman coins
Roman Coins

In this practical session, you will learn how to recognise and date Roman coins using coins from the museum’s collection and those discovered by members of the public.

Sat 27th Feb
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Crafternoon tea
Crafternoon Tea

Learn to make and sew a bag to your own pattern and decorate with vintage haberdashery!

Sat 27th Feb
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Afternoon tea dance
Afternoon Tea Dance

Come and dance throughout the afternoon at Masson Mills in the Arkwright Tea Rooms. It’s free to attend so you can practice your dancing in an fun environment.

Mon 29th Feb
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Dance Class

Learn to dance Social Ballroom with ‘All Ruzzit Buzzit’ who has been teaching dancing for over 20 years.

Mon 29th Feb
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