Help us fill the frame… by walking to Alderwasley!

On Sunday 24 March, Derby Museums will be leading a sponsored walk from the Museum and Art Gallery to the Hurt Arms in Ambergate.

This is a vital part of their campaign to raise £11,000 for the purchase of Francis and Mary Hurt, two key figures in the industrial revolution that rocked Derbyshire and the world over 200 years ago.Fill this Frame

We would be delighted to see as many people as possible on this 12.5 mile walk, which will be following historic roads, tracks and paths, as it makes its way north to the edge of the Hurt family’s historic estate in the heart of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

How you can help –

We would like people to talk to their friends, family and work colleagues, and get as many offers of sponsorship as they can – this can either be a set amount, or per mile (eg £1 per mile).

The walk takes place a week before our deadline to raise the money – so any proceeds need to be back with us really quickly (cheques to ‘Derby Museums’).

We will leave the Museum and Art Gallery (entrance at The Strand) at 9am, and aim to reach the Hurt Arms by 2.30pm. Food is available throughout the afternoon there, but it’s best to book ahead if you want to secure a table! (Details at or by ringing 01773 852006).

The route takes in some wonderful scenery, but parts may be muddy, so walking boots (and of course wet weather gear) are strongly recommended.

Buses and trains run directly from outside the pub back to Derby (trains at 14.54 and 16.54, and trains at 14.45, 15.45, 16.45, 17.45)

Further details are available from Roger Shelley, Principal Keeper, Derby Museums 01332 642229 or on their website.

Download a walk sponsorship form here.

Mr and Mrs Hurt – Derby Museums needs your help

Derby Museums need to raise £11,000 to purchase two portraits by Joseph Wright. The portraits are of the industrialist and land owner Francis Hurt and his wife Mary. 

 Francis Hurt

Francis Hurt, was a key figure in the economic development of Derbyshire.  He was a wealthy landowner and industrialist who exploited the iron and lead on his land – in his portrait you can see he has a piece of galena, lead ore on the table.  Their son Charles married Richard Arkwright’s daughter, cementing the bond between minerals and textiles, which underpins the inscription of the Derwent Valley Mills as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Mary HurtFrancis is on display at Derby Museum and Art Gallery, while Mary Hurt is currently on loan to Buxton Museum as part of the Enlightenment! Exhibition.  She is painted with an opened book on the table and a snuff box in hand.


The paintings are being offered to Derby Museums for £122,000.  They have to raise the remaining £11,000 to secure the purchase by the end of March.  For more details on their fundraising events and activities and info on how to donate, visit their website.