The House of Wonders:

The Randolph Douglas Collection

House of Wonders poster

Discover the world of Randolph Douglas, escapologist, engineer, skilled miniaturist, model maker and extensive collector. Douglas was a talented performer of “self-liberating” illusions and became a friend of contemporary escapologist Harry Houdini during the early part of the 20th century.

Douglas established The House of Wonders museum at Castleton, where he displayed a collection of curiosities from all over the world, from geology, natural history and art, to locks and tools of the escapology trade, and intricate miniatures he made himself.

In the 1980s Derbyshire County Council bought the Douglas Collection with the kind support of the PRISM Fund and it is now held at Buxton Museum & Art Gallery.

The Record Office is delighted to display specially selected highlights from this eclectic collection.  The exhibition will be ‘in the wall’ at the Record Office from Thursday 27th November 2014 to Saturday 31st January 2015 – normal opening times apply and it’s free to see!

Derbyshire Record Office, New St, Matlock, DE4 3FE

Tel: 01629 538347

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