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Collection Summary

Collection Title
Social History Collection
The collection includes domestic items; radios, televisions, gramophones and associated material, comprising around 400 items, based on collection donated by Harold Ayres of Derby in 1977; sewing and other domestic machines; contents of craft workshops and shop interiors; Friendly and other local society material; childhood material - costume, toys and games – includes ‘nationally-important’ collection of British and European toy theatres donated in 1977 by Frank Bradley of Derbyshire.
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Location Details

Pickford's House Museum
41 Friar Gate Derby DE1 1DA United Kingdom
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01332 255 363
01332 716670 
Building Information
The Museum is in a Grade I listed town house built in 1770 by the local architect Joseph Pickford as his home and work premises.
Collections Overview
The collections contain material relating to domestic life in the Georgian period. In addition to this there is a significant collection of toy theatres and other toys. The museum also houses a large collection of costume and textiles. There is also a small collection of World War II items.
Display Overview
The displays include room settings of the Georgian period, about 1800-1810, and a formal garden of the period is recreated outside. The ground floor dining room, drawing room and morning room are displayed as they might have been in Joseph Pickford's time. A Georgian bedroom and dressing room have been recreated on the first floor, while on the top floor there is a servant's bedroom complete with straw mattress. The kitchen and laundry have been reconstructed, together with a cellar, pantry and housekeeper's cupboard, so that visitors can get an idea of what life was like for the servants working below stairs in Georgian times. One of the cellars is equipped as an air-raid shelter of the 1940s. The upper floors feature displays of toys and toy theatres, and several rooms showing some of the Museum's excellent collection of historic costumes and textiles.
For details of other collections held at the same location: See the location record

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