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Peacock Revolution
The Peacock Revolution

From crushed velvet trousers to satin shirts, kaftans and brocaded jackets – this is the period when clothing truly did become technicolour!

Sat 9th Apr/Sat 4th Feb
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Cromford Canal
Sketch Competition

Take part in this competition to sketch the heritage or wildlife of the High Peak Trail and Cromford Canal.

Fri 1st Apr/Thu 30th Jun
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Derby West Indian Community Association exhibition
Derby West Indian Community Association Culture and Legacy

The exhibition dives into the heritage of Derby West Indian Community Association, including Windrush generation memories and the experiences of younger members growing up in Derby.

Fri 18th Mar/Sun 31st Jul
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Do it yourself
Do It Yourself Exhibition

From DIY TV programmes to current DIY trends on social media, this unique, quirky exhibition will explore the intriguing past, present and future of DIY.

Fri 8th Apr/Thu 1st Sep
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Peace Doves at Derby Cathedral
Peace Doves at Derby Cathedral

Peace Doves is a large-scale art installation created by sculptor and artist Peter Walker, featuring around 8,000 paper doves suspended on ribbon above the nave of the Cathedral, and accompanied by a soundscape from composer David Harper.

Sat 23rd Apr/Sun 12th Jun
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Museum of Making tour
Museum of Making Tour

Discover this fascinating building and its collections with our knowledgeable guides, who will uncover 300 years of Derby’s making.

Sun 17th Apr/Sun 19th Jun
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Antiques fair
Antiques Fair

Cromford Mills Antiques Fair is the ideal chance to browse quality antiques, relics and vintage collectables.

Sun 1st May
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Leawood Pumphouse
Leawood Pumphouse Operating Days

Experience the power of this great steam engine – the heat of the boilers, the smell of grease and coal and the power of the wave as tons of water are pumped from the River Derwent to the Cromford Canal.

Sun 1st May/Mon 2nd May
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Water power past and present
Water Power Past and Present

A walk around the waterways of the Belper Mill complex, seeing how the Strutt’s used water from the River Derwent to power the 11 water wheels.

Sun 1st May
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Birdswood
EXTENDED GUIDED TRIP ON BIRDSWOOD

Take an extended trip along the canal on Friends of Cromford Canal’s trip boat ‘Birdswood’ with one of their expert guides who will point out the unique local wildlife, ecology and industrial archaeology.

Mon 2nd May
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A Meander round Milford and Makeney
A Meander Round Milford and Makeney

Heather has been researching the history of Milford for over 40 years and has a wealth of interesting tales about the village, pre and post the Strutt family involvement.

Wed 4th May
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Drawing for relaxation self portraits
Drawing for Relaxation Self Portraits

Drawing for Relaxation is a series of short video tutorials. This time we will be exploring the art of creating a self-portrait.

Thu 5th May
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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. There are opportunities to look at materials in different ways and get creative with how to play.

Thu 5th May
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Belper Ghost Walk
Tales and Trickery

A wander around four stories from the Belper area. Fact and fiction merge together in a Halloween cauldron. Can you tell them apart?

Thu 5th May
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First Fridays DIY with Emma
First Fridays DIY with Emma

Derby Museums welcome DIY with Emma to the Museum of Making as part of our ‘First Fridays’ after-hours season of events

Fri 6th May
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Rucksack making
Rucksack Making Course

Learn the skills to make your own waxed organic cotton rucksack over a weekend course enjoying the company of fellow creatives whilst soaking up the ambient and inspiring atmosphere at the Museum of Making.

Sat 7th May/Sun 8th May
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Art and Photography competition
Cromford Mills ArtCompetition

Artists are invited to spend a day working in the beautiful and atmospheric environment of Cromford Mill – with prizes sponsored by Turners Art Supplies

Sat 7th May
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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 7th May
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Cromford Mill Photography competition
Cromford Mills Photography Competition

The Cromford Mill photography competition returns for 2022, as we once again invite Photographers of all skill levels to submit photographs taken in the beautiful surroundings of Cromford Mills.

Sat 7th May
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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. There are opportunities to look at materials in different ways and get creative with how to play.

Thu 12th May
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Ambergate Wireworks
Ambergate Wireworks The Part they Played

Ambergate Wireworks – The Part they Played
Wire Sculpting Workshop with Artists Heidi Luker and Lise Bennett

Thu 12th May
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Lumsdale Garden Party
Lumsdale Volunteers Garden Party

Please come and help us raise funds to continue to care for the Lumsdale Valley.

Sat 14th May
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Artisan Market
Artisan Market

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

Sun 15th May
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strutts and the river that changed the world
Strutts and the river that changed the world

Explore the watercourses and beauties of the Rivers Gardens with their historic structures and fascinating history of music and entertainment and the hidden system of water channels.

Sun 15th May
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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. There are opportunities to look at materials in different ways and get creative with how to play.

Thu 19th May
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Citizens Together
Citizens Together

In conversation with Tony Butler, Executive Director of Derby Museums, Jon Alexander and Ece Temelkuran will explore themes of hope, human nature and the power of community.

Fri 20th May
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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 21st May
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Gallery Tour DIY
Gallery Tour Do It Yourself

Curator of Making, Eilish Clohessy-Dennis, will lead a tour around the Do It Yourself? exhibition, delving deeper into the history of the DIY movement and answering the question: do we still do it ourselves?

Sat 21st May
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Draw Derby
Draw Derby at the Museum of Making

Draw Derby is a free untutored bring your own materials Drawing session organised by Karen Logan, in a special event presented in partnership with Derby Museums, come and meet likeminded others and DRAW!

Sat 21st May
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Charles Hanson
Show and Tell with Charles Hanson

Auctioneer Charles Hanson tells us all about some intriguing objects which have grown in interest since 1952, with an opportunity to share stories and handle objects alongside a Q&A.

Wed 25th May
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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. There are opportunities to look at materials in different ways and get creative with how to play.

Thu 26th May
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Aethelflaed
Aethelflaed Lady of the Mercians

The subject of this talk is Aethelflaed, the Lady of the Mercians, daughter of King Alfred the Great.

Thu 26th May
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tots make and do Elmer Day
Tots Make and Do Elmer Day

This time we will be exploring colour to celebrate everyone’s favourite patchwork elephant, Elmer.

Fri 27th May
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Wildlife Nature Trail
Wildlife Nature Trail

Follow the photo trail and discover the fantastic facts about the wildlife of Cromford Canal.

Sat 28th May/Sun 5th Jun
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Jubilee Decoration making
Jubilee Decoration Making

Help us to make some Jubilee decorations to decorate the Museum of Making for our Jubilee celebrations.

Sat 28th May
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Redcoats and Revolutionaries
Georgian Re-enactment Weekend

This weekend features re-enactors from both the ‘Redcoats & Revolutionaries’ and the ‘Lace Wars’ groups. – more details coming soon!

Sat 28th May/Sun 29th May
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Historic Derby Guided 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 28th May
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Alice in Wonderland
Down the Rabbit Hole

Venture down the rabbit hole with Alice and her Wonderland friends at Pickford’s House! Family friendly Wonderland inspired entertainment and activities you’d be mad to miss!

Sat 28th May
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from conquest to king cotton
From Conquest to King Cotton walk

Discover 700 years of Belper’s history, from the aftermath of the Norman Conquest, to the coming of the cotton industry.

Sun 29th May
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Stone Painting
Crafty Tuesday Stone Painting

This Crafty Tuesday session have a go at painting an ordinary stone, to make an extraordinary object to decorate your home or garden.

Tue 31st May
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Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland Time for Tea Trail

The Mad Hatter is throwing a tea party and everyone in Wonderland is invited, but no one knows when to arrive! Follow the clues, find your invitation and ensure you aren’t late for this very important date!

Tue 31st May/Sat 4th Jun
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Jubilee Decoration making
Jubilee Decoration Making

Help us to make some Jubilee decorations to decorate the Museum of Making for our Jubilee celebrations.

Tue 31st May
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decoupage
Decoupage Upcycling Workshop

Breathe new life into everyday objects and give them a renewed purpose and fresh look through the art of decoupage. 

Tue 31st May
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