What is Enlightenment! Derbyshire?
Enlightenment! Derbyshire Setting the Pace in the Eighteenth Century was a 5 year HLF ‘Collecting Cultures’ project that ran from 2008 – 2013. It was a partnership between Buxton Museum and Art Gallery
, Strutt’s North Mill in Belper and Derby Museums. Over the last five years we have been buying objects to add to our museum collections. We were interested (and still are) in objects that help to tell the story of Derbyshire from 1702 – 1914. This was a period when Derbyshire was one of the most forward thinking places in the world; a place where the foundations for modern society were laid down and where the blueprint of factory production was created at Richard Arkwright’s (1732 – 92) Cromford Mill. All this led to the Derwent Valley Mills
being inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001.
We’ve had a great time buying over 100 objects at auctions, from dealers and on Ebay. Purchases include letters written by Joseph Wright, barometers made by John Whitehurst and a painting by William Marlow. Some objects cost a couple of quid while others ran into the tens of thousands – here we must give a huge thank you to all the grant giving agencies that helped us out! This blog was an experiment and Buxton Museum’s first attempt at blogging. It has been a lot of fun and instead of terminating it at the end of the project, we’ve decided to keep it going. It will continue to focus on 18th
century Derbyshire and compliments Buxton Museum’s sister blog ‘Collections in the Landscape’
It is mainly updated by Anna Rhodes, Assistant Collections Officer at Buxton Museum, although we hope to get some guest bloggers involved too. If you would like to add an article to the blog or have any questions then please get in touch email@example.com
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