Derby Museum and Art Gallery

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The Strand, Derby, United Kingdom
Derby Museum and Art Gallery - Museum entrance
Derby Museum and Art Gallery - Hanson Logboat
Derby Museum and Art Gallery - Repton Stone
Derby Museum and Art Gallery - Royal Crown Derby pottery

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Derby Museum and Art Gallery Feb 03, 2017
The Derby Museum and Art Gallery is a great place to spend an hour or two. It really gives you a wonderful overview of the history of the city and county of Derbyshire, as well as showcasing the stunning paintings of esteemed local artist Joseph Wright (1734-1794) who is remembered for capturing the spirit of the Industrial Revolution in his portraits. One of the museums highlights is one of the oldest preserved logboats in the world, discovered in Shardlow, near Derby, in 1998. The boat is a massive 10 metres long, was made of one single dug-out log and dates from the Bronze Age!

There is a huge collection of Royal Crown Derby porcelain in the pottery section of the museum. Royal Crown Derby has an illustrious past and were porcelain manufacturers for Queen Victoria of England. One of my favourite parts of the museum chronicles Derby's Roman and Anglo-Saxon past. Exhibits here include a part of a stone cross from outside the church at Repton that dates from the 8th century. The cross was probably destroyed by marauding Viking warriors (from present-day Denmark) in the 9th century. There is also a great Egyptian mummy exhibit, which I didn't feel comfortable photographing-too creepy! One of the mummies, dating from 700 BC, has had its bandages peeled back exposing the wonderfully preserved skin on the feet, hands and face.

The museum is an absolute must-see when in Derby and is absolutely free to enter. Open 10am-5pm daily. Closed Mondays.
Royal Crown Derby pottery
Repton Stone
Hanson Logboat
Museum entrance
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