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Quentin Blake and John Yeoman
Quentin Blake and John Yeoman

Quentin Blake has had a number of extended collaborations with writers, but the longest of all has been with John Yeoman. This exhibition is the first to celebrate this partnership, featuring more than 40 works, including illustrations and books by the two.

Fri 9th Jul/Sun 3rd Oct
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Scale
Scale exhibition at Museum of Making

Surprising and perception-shifting, the exhibition explores the scale and impact of this site’s legacy, presenting the work of artists alongside intriguing objects from Derby Museums’ collection.

Fri 21st May/Sun 28th Nov
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Florence Nightingale
Florence Nightingale Health in the Home

This fascinating exhibition celebrates the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth and explores her impact upon health in the home.

Tue 20th Jul/Fri 24th Dec
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Derbyshire People Working
Derbyshire People Working Exhibition

Derbyshire People Working is an exhibition of paintings by illustrator and designer Malcolm Porter.

Tue 17th Aug/Fri 24th Dec
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First Fridays Folk Fun
First Fridays Folk Fun Palace

Join us at the Museum of Making for an evening of folk-inspired workshops and performances. Have a go at traditional making, with music from artists involved in this year’s Derby Folk Festival.

Fri 1st Oct
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Cromford Mills Bazaar
Cromford Mills Bazaar

Featuring everything from food to flowers, art to antiques, and candles to curios, you will be sure to find a quirky bargain at our monthly bazaar.

Sun 3rd Oct
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STEAM Babies
STEAM Babies

In this facilitator led session babies aged 0-3 and their adults can explore a range of themes through the lens of our fabulous collections.

Thu 7th Oct
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STEAM Tots
STEAM Tots

This loose parts play session offers a sensory and playful exploration of objects and materials, stimulating children’s curiosity, imagination and experimentation.

Sat 9th Oct
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Aoife OConnor
My Museum and Art Gallery Poetry Workshop

Explore Derby Museum and Art Gallery and create your own poetry based on your discoveries in this poetry and creative workshop lead by Aoife O’Connor.

Sat 9th Oct
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Sophie Sparham
My Museum of Making Poetry Workshop for Adults

Explore the Museum of Making and create your own poetry based on your discoveries in this two hour poetry and creative workshop lead by Sophie Sparham.

Sun 10th Oct
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STEAM Babies
STEAM Babies

In this facilitator led session babies aged 0-3 and their adults can explore a range of themes through the lens of our fabulous collections.

Thu 14th Oct
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All aboard Transport Trail

Get on board with the Transport Trail around Cromford Mills and find all the hidden tiny trains to win a prize!

Sat 16th Oct/Sun 31st Oct
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Apple Day 2021
Apple Day 2021

Bring your apples – and other hard and soft fruit to be pressed to juice.

Sat 16th Oct
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Artisan Market
Artisan Market at Cromford Mills

A marvellous Artisan Market showcasing local makers, artisans and producers.

Sun 17th Oct
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Cromfords Georgian Mill Tour
Cromfords Georgian Mill Tour

Join our Mill Manager and step back in time to 1797 when he was running the world’s first successful water powered cotton mill in its most profitable year

Sun 17th Oct
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milford mills
Milford Mills and Industrial Remains

A short easy walk taking in the remains of the Strutt mills and other industrial sites along the Derwent.

Sun 17th Oct
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Model Railway Exhibition
Model Railway Exhibition

The Chesterfield Railway Modellers (including Wingfield Railway Group) present a Model Railway Exhibition.

Mon 18th Oct/Sun 31st Oct
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The Machinery
The Machinery at Strutt’s North Mill

An immersive sound and video installation, which captures the earliest known machine dance

Wed 20th Oct/Sun 24th Oct
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Museum meetups
Museum Meetups for Non-English Speakers

Come along to our informal conversation session at the Museum and Art Gallery for speakers of English as an additional language.

Wed 20th Oct
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STEAM Babies
STEAM Babies

In this facilitator led session babies aged 0-3 and their adults can explore a range of themes through the lens of our fabulous collections.

Thu 21st Oct
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Mrs Robert Arkwright
Mrs Robert Arkwright a musician in the family

The life of Frances Arkwright adds a quite different dimension to the Arkwright story and to life in Derbyshire in the first half of the 19th century.

Thu 21st Oct
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Tots Make and Do Autumn
Tots Make and Do Autumn

This time we will be celebrating autumn with activities and stories that explore the natural beauty of this most colourful time of year.

Fri 22nd Oct
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Claude Cahun
Beneath this Mask Exhibition

This Hayward Touring exhibition features the work of French female photographer Claude Cahun (1894-1954), whose practice investigates gender and identity.

Fri 22nd Oct/Sun 27th Feb
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Rangoli Workshop
Rangoli Workshop

This fabulous workshop from Surtal Arts is part of the Derby Season of light, celebrating the annual Diwali festival.

Sat 23rd Oct
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Assemble Derbys festival of making
Assemble Derbys Festival of Making

Assemble: Derby’s Festival of Making is an annual gathering that celebrates makers of all shapes and sizes at the Museum of Making

Sat 23rd Oct
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Time Travellers tour
Time Traveller’s Tours

Come and learn about the history of the mill through games and challenges (you can get dressed up too, if you want!) Do you have what it takes to be a master mill worker?

Sat 23rd Oct/Sun 31st Oct
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Meet a Maker Trail
Meet a Maker Trail

This half term journey around the Museum of Making to find out about some of the ingenious makers whose creations make up this fascinating collection

Sun 24th Oct/Sun 31st Oct
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Lantern Workshop
Special Lantern Workshop

A special lantern-making workshop, open to deaf and hard of hearing women only (Derby, Derbyshire) with transcriber and BSL interpreter

Tue 26th Oct
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Crafty Tuesday Teddy Scarves
Crafty Tuesday Teddy Bear Scarves

This time prepare for cold winter days by using different techniques to create a cosy scarf for your teddy friends.

Tue 26th Oct
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Lantern Workshop
Open Lantern Workshop

Create your own lantern using willow and tissue paper. Our decoration themes are climate change and celebrating NHS/key workers.

Tue 26th Oct
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The Machinery
Clog Dance Family Workshop

Come and Join the Clog Dance with Caroline Radcliffe in a fun, family friendly workshop.

Tue 26th Oct
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Art Hub Dahomey figures
Art Hub Dahomey Figures

This time we will be exploring the Museum’s collection of wonderful brass figures from the historic Kingdom of Dahomey, West Africa

Wed 27th Oct
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The Machinery
The Machinery at Cromford Mill

An immersive sound and video installation, which captures the earliest known machine dance.

Wed 27th Oct/Sun 31st Oct
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Rangoli Workshop
Rangoli Workshop

Decorate your doorsteps with the symmetrical rangoli tiles we create in this workshop using rice and pulses.

Wed 27th Oct
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Wet Felting workshop
Wet Felting Workshop

Explore how to turn soap, water and wool fibres into cloth! In this hands-on session you will learn the process of wet felt making to create pieces of cloth and felt balls

Wed 27th Oct
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Diwali Clay Lamp
Diwali Clay Lamp Workshop

Learn how to make your own traditional clay terracotta or a colourful map – perfect home decor or a little gift for Diwali or Christmas.

Wed 27th Oct
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Drawing for Relaxation Dahomey Figures
Drawing for Relaxation Dahomey Figures

This time, as part of Black History Month, we will be exploring the Museum’s collection of wonderful brass figures from the historic Kingdom of Dahomey, West Africa.

Thu 28th Oct
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Pickford's Plot Nature Creatives
Pickfords Plot Nature Creatives

Join us for this nature-focused session in Pickford’s garden where you can unleash your creative side from observational drawing, poetry and creating art using natural elements.

Thu 28th Oct
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Shine a Light on Derbyshire
Shine a Light on Derbyshire

A celebration of Derbyshire’s heritage and history will be held this autumn with two events featuring large-scale video projections illuminating two of the county’s iconic buildings.

Thu 28th Oct/Fri 29th Oct
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Family Friday Creepy Critters
Family Friday Creepy Critters

Discover some of the creepy critters that live in the Nature Gallery and get into the Halloween spirit with a range of spooky crafts and stories.

Fri 29th Oct
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A Short History of Matlock Bath
A Short History of Matlock Bath

What has drawn visitors to Matlock Bath over the last 200 years? What would they recognise now? Join local historian Doreen Buxton for this heritage talk at Wirksworth Heritage Centre.

Fri 29th Oct
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Lets Make Christmas
Lets Make Christmas

A celebration of making at Derby Museums shops featuring beautiful handmade gifts from local makers!

Sat 30th Oct/Fri 24th Dec
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Derby History Tour
Historic Derby – Guided Tour

Come on a guided tour and find out about the history of Derby: a Cathedral city in the centre of England, lying on the River Derwent, rich in history, culture and diversity.

Sat 30th Oct
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Bats bugs and birds
Bats, Bugs and Birds Woodworking Taster Course

Create your very own bat, bird or bug house on this woodworking taster day course, perfect for beginners.

Sun 31st Oct
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Poem-A-Thon

A long-distance, non-stop poetry reading event in aid of BELPER REFUGEE WELCOME. Up to 20 people reading their favourite poems, ones they’ve written, out loud- there’s bound to be one of your favourites.

Sun 31st Oct
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Tales and Trickery walk
Tales and Trickery Folk Stories from Belper

A wander around four stories from the Belper area. Fact and fiction merge together in a Halloween cauldron. Can you tell them apart? A hilly 3.5 mile walk over field paths and roads

Sun 31st Oct
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Cobweb making at Heage Windmill
Giant Cobweb at Heage Windmill

It has become traditional at Heage windmill to make a large cobweb, the size of which is determined by the number of ‘spinners’ who come along and help produce ‘the web of the year, under the guidance of our master spinner, Lynn Allen.

Sun 31st Oct
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