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Pickford's House

Friargate

The newly installed Blue Plaque celebrating Joseph Pickford, the architect who both designed this wonderful house but also used it as his officem showroom and family home

 

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Silk Mill Museum

Interior of the Silk Mill during restoration 2013

The Silk Mill was built in the 18th century and is believed to be the first purpose built factory in the world and sits at the head of the Derwent Valley World Heritage Site. For a number of years it housed the cities industrial museum but was closed two years ago to save money and to enable radical plans to be drawn up for a new type of museum experience where the public is hands on in the design and creation of its interior spaces.

The photo above shows the main exhibition space stripped back to its historic core and being made ready for the new exhibitions. The pictures in the gallery below show the current storage areas and some of the wonderful items in the collection

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Further information about the Silk Mill project van be found at the Derby Museum site and their Tumblr page