Welcome to the Enlightenment! Derbyshire blog
The project has allowed us to purchase objects for the three museums that help to tell the story of Derbyshire’s role in the age of Scientific Discovery (1712 – 1916). We have bought a wide variety of objects so far including a 1753 edition of Flamsteed’s Star Atlas, an 18th century oil painting of Matlock Bath, a Whitehurst barometer and a pair of stockings.
We still have many items on our shopping list and are on the look out for:
- Topographical art including ceramics
- Early geological and natural science publications
- Watches and scientific instruments such as miners’ and map makers’ equipment.
- Items relating to the Derwent Valley mills such as packs of thread, machinery and personalia.
You can check out the objects we’ve already bought on the acquisitions page. Please get in touch if you know of anything that we might be interested in – email@example.com
Collecting Cultures is a one-off museums and galleries collections’ development programme from the Heritage Lottery Fund, devised as a direct result of consultation with the sector. Twenty-two museums and galleries across the UK received funding as part of this £3 million collection development initiative which is designed to help support acquisitions, curatorial skills, research and increase public involvement.
‘Enlightenment! Derbyshire Setting the Pace in the 18th Century’ is supported by Renaissance East Midlands and the Derwent Valley World Heritage Site Collections Group.
As it evolves, this blog will provide regular updates on our progress, showcase our purchases and act as a forum to join in and discuss our activities.
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