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Arts & Museums
A treasure house of historical items, Pickford's House Museum is a magnificent Georgian house built to the designs of Joseph Pickford, in th year 1770. It has been wonderfully preserved and retains the same look as it appeared in the 19th Century. Its ground level houses displays of Victorian and Georgian costumes. The rooms beneath the stairs have also been restored beautifully and narrate a telling picture of the bygone area. Visitors can enjoy a program of changing exhibits depicting Pickford's textiles, costumes and his career. Additionally, educational programs are also organized enabling young minds to explore the life and times of the Georgian era.
Derby Museum and Art Gallery houses displays and collections associated with Derby's landscape, culture and history. These collections are considered to be of great significance and include art works by Joseph Wright among other noted artists. Derby Museum and Art Gallery was established in the year 1879 and ever since, its galleries have housed exhibits featuring natural sciences, archaeology and other arenas. Exhibitions keep changing at this museum and it also organizes several activities for schools. Military exhibit space, The Soldier's Story, was inaugurated in the year 2008.
This fascinating center is set in open countryside with wonderful views and 3,000 square foot of indoor attractions. Admission includes unlimited rides on original vintage trams from all over the world, which will take you through reconstructed vintage townships; or you can learn more about them in a unique exhibition which looks at changes in transport, technology and society. A full events diary includes horse drawn trams, costumed days and children's days. An extensive transport library and archives are also available by appointment for historians, researchers and students, and tram-driving courses can be arranged. The museum also has excellent cafes, shops, picnic areas and playgrounds.
Born in the 19th Century, David Herbert Lawrence was a noted English poet and novelist. D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum takes you on a journey to explore the celebrated writer's life and times during the Victorian era. Visitors can also take guided tours of this museum to learn more about his modest upbringing and the community and surroundings which influenced many of his literary works. D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum also has an exhibition of the writer's original paintings and a DVD room. The museum can be visited through timed and guided tours. Please check the website for more details.
Learn some interesting facts about Erewash town's history with a fun-filled visit to the Erewash Museum. Popular exhibits at this museum include those that depict Stanton Ironworks, archaeology and World War II events. Erewash Museum is housed in an ancient Georgian structure. Before being converted into a museum, this house served as a school premises and a family residence. The house has been wonderfully retained to house the museum as well as many original elements.
Matlock Mining Museum is devoted to the history of lead mining in the Peak District. One of the main displays inside the museum is a collection of old mining equipment, taken from the numerous former mines in the area. Impressive re-creations of lead mines are complete with sound effects, which give visitors insight into the history of the lead mining industry. Opposite the Museum is Temple Mine, where displays recreate the atmosphere of mining in the twentieth century. Here, visitors can actually pan for lead and gold, and see the railway system that was so essential for the transportation of the mined material. Matlock is accessible from Sheffield city center within a 15-20 minute bus or taxi ride.
Housing over 500 vintage cameras and a variety of old postcards and pictures from the Victorian era, the Life in a Lens Museum provides a comprehensive history of the development of photography. Located in a refurbished Victorian building above a tea shop, the museum has a Dark room and a Seaside room to enhance the historic atmosphere along with extensive information on the subject which is sure to delight any photography enthusiast. Apart from these collections, there are many original vintage clothing items from the Victorian era on display. Opening times of the museum vary according to the erratic weather conditions of the town, so it is advisable to call up the staff to ensure that a visit can be entertained. Group and private bookings are encouraged and visitors can enjoy a cup of tea and snack at the tea shop located below. Donations are welcome and appreciated by the owners as monetary support is always required for the maintenance of the museum.
Lakeside Arts Center is a complex housing different venues with a diverse variety of art shows and performances. Located in the University of Nottingham, this place has an amphitheater, three art galleries, a theater, two concert halls and two workshop spaces. Throughout the year, an awesome collection of events are held here for the whole family including children. Also on store are a range of music and theater performances, art exhibitions and literary festivals.
The Donington Grand Prix Exhibition is the car lovers' dream come true. It is the largest collection of Grand Prix racing cars. Its five huge halls are filled with around 130 exhibits displaying the history of racing. It houses cars used by some of the best names like Moss, Clark, Stewart etc. It also contains the largest collection of McLaren racing cars in the world with a complete collection of Vanwalls. It also has the world's biggest collection of drivers' helmets. The exhibition is a must- visit for enthusiasts of the sport.
New Art Exchange was inaugurated in the 2003 and is a place dedicated to "Black Art". They claim that they are one of the largest space outside London that is dedicated to contemporary visual arts. They deal with artwork mainly from African, Caribbean-African and South Asian Arts. At New Art Exchange they also hold exhibitions periodically to encourage and nurture raw talent. For all those interested in paintings and other visual art this place might just bring new revelations.
Nottingham Castle features art galleries that exhibit the work of local and national artists, as well as historical artifacts like suits of armor and medieval weapons. Its vibrant museum and art galleries house a vast collection of silver, glass,decorative items, visual arts, paintings and Nottinghamshire Archaeology and History. For the more adventurous, check out the web of tunnels and caves that run underneath and fasten your ears to horrific tales from the times of Roger Mortimer and King David. There are also a number of activities for children! If you really want to make the most of the experience, dust off your Richard the Lionheart costume and take the tour in full garb, sword in hand, singing folk songs of the era in your best British accent. Or just have some coffee in the cafe and pick up a souvenir in the gift shop like everyone else. Now go!
Imagine an art gallery built upon a sandstone cliff, and that too over 3 levels! Touted to be one of the largest contemporary art centers in Britain, this is what the Nottingham Contemporary gallery is all about. In the forefront of giving the visual arts in Nottingham a major boost, you can expect an interesting range of exhibitions here. Photography too is well represented. Check website for a list of upcoming events.