From Matlock to Tasmania

We are delighted that we have been able to loan two items from our collections to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) for their ‘taypani milaythina-tu: Return to Country’ exhibition.  This high profile and ground-breaking exhibition brings together Tasmanian cultural objects held in institutions around the world alongside creative work by twenty Tasmanian Aboriginal … Continue reading From Matlock to Tasmania

Celebrating 150 years of Buxton’s Own Crystal Palace: The Pavilion

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

Derbyshire Museums Manager Ros Westwood contributes to the anniversary of a well-known and celebrated part of Buxton. There is currently a display in Buxton Museum and Art Gallery’s foyer to accompany the commemoration.Plan your visit here.

Engraving. Collection of BMAG

In 1870, the 7th Duke of Devonshire gifted 15 acres of the Old Hall Hotel’s gardens to Buxton, to create the Pavilion Gardens. The gardens were landscaped with well-maintained walks and fountains.

But there was one condition. For years the Duke had paid for the band which entertained the people promenading there. He required the people of Buxton raised the funds to build a ‘Winter Gardens’ where, under cover and throughout the year, people could enjoy a regular programme of musical entertainment, paid for by ticket sales. He reasoned that if the musical entertainment was good, people would return and enjoy the gardens and pavilions as well.


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Our missing nightwatchmen have come home!

Thanks to your incredible generosity our joint crowdfunding project with Belper Historical Society was successful and we’ve been able to buy this amazing nightwatchmen’s report book. Local historian Adrian Farmer visited the Record Office to see it for himself: As we exceeded our target we will be spending the extra money on creating a … Continue reading Our missing nightwatchmen have come home!

In conversation with Maggie O’Farrell

Our friends at Derbyshire Libraries are hosting an online conversation with acclaimed author Maggie O'Farrell on Thursday 15 April at 7.00pm. Maggie’s latest award winning novel Hamnet captures a Jacobean England haunted by a plague that tragically kills Hamnet, the only son of William Shakespeare. In reimagining the complex relationship between Hamnet’s parents as the … Continue reading In conversation with Maggie O’Farrell

Bit Part Players from The Dig — Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

Derbyshire Museums Manager Ros Westwood reveals the connections between Buxton and Sutton Hoo: Have you had a chance to catch the recent film The Dig, which tells the story of the discovery of the Sutton Hoo treasure? Catch the film on Netflix  – you’ll enjoy it, I am sure, and learn more at the […]Bit … Continue reading Bit Part Players from The Dig — Buxton Museum and Art Gallery