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Collection Summary

Collection Title
Decorative and Applied Arts Collection
Locally-manufactured ornamental wares made from Ashford Black Marble, Blue John and Derbyshire fluorspars, gypsum and alabaster; Derbyshire salt-glazed stonewares, creamwares, earthenwares along with drawings, studies, pattern books and catalogues.
Derbyshire-made 18th & 19th C. glass. Small collection of tableware and furniture.
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Location Details

Derby Museum and Art Gallery
The Strand Derby DE1 1BS United Kingdom
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01332 716659
01332 716670†
Visiting Information
Monday: 11am to 5pm, Tuesday: 10am to 5pm, Wednesday: 10am to 5pm, Thursday: 10am to 5pm, Friday: 10am to 5pm, Saturday: 10am to 5pm, Sunday and Bank Holiday: 1pm to 4pm. Easter Opening Times: Good Friday and Easter Monday 1pm to 4pm.
Collections Overview
The collections cover the natural environment, history, industry, art and culture of Derby and its immediate surrounding area. For biology and geology, collecting covers the whole county of Derbyshire.
Display Overview
Derby Museum and Art Gallery houses a wide range of important and attractive collections, covering porcelain, paintings, archaeology, history, local regiments, geology and wildlife. Paintings by the celebrated 18th Century Derby artist Joseph Wright, A.R.A. (1734-97) include portraits, landscapes, subjects from literature and scenes of industry and scientific equipment that represent this exciting period of pioneering discovery. This is the largest collection of the artist's work in any public gallery in the world. The Museumís collection of fine Derby porcelain, produced in the city since c.1750, is of international importance. The Archaeology Gallery contains local material from the Stone Age to the Middle Ages, with several fine Anglo-Saxon crosses and a splendid sarcophagus. There are also two Egyptian mummies. The Military Gallery tells the stories of local regiments such as the 9th/12th Royal Lancers, the Derbyshire Yeomanry and the Sherwood Foresters, with information available on a touch-screen computer. The reconstructed Bonnie Prince Charlie Room commemorates Derbyís role in the 1745 Jacobite uprising complete with a figure of the Prince himself telling the tale of his doomed attempt to seize the throne. Derbyshire geology and wildlife feature in the Museumís latest displays, with a Time Tunnel, walk-in cave, hands-on exhibits, discovery area and a series of reconstructed natural settings with typical Derbyshire wildlife. The Museumís varied temporary exhibition programme provides about twenty regularly changing shows a year. There is also a schools service, holiday activities for all ages, and a museum shop selling a range of souvenirs, slides, postcards and books on local topics.
For details of other collections held at the same location: See the location record

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