Derby Museums to close as second national lockdown announced

The closures will affect both Derby Museum and Art Gallery and Pickford’s House from Wednesday

Derby Museums will once again close its doors to the public this week in response to the Government’s announcement of a second national lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

All museum sites -- Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Pickford’s House and the Silk Mill -- will close to the public from 5pm on Wednesday 4 November for a period of four weeks. Derby Museums will continue to run online events and activities during this time from their microsite, Derby Museums From Home.

The public are being asked to follow Derby Museums’ website ( and social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – all @derbymuseums) for further updates, including information about event cancellations and re-opening.

Derby Museums

Derby Museums is an independent charitable trust which is responsible for the rich cultural and creative history of Derby. It manages three sites across the city, the Museum and Art Gallery, Pickford’s House and the Silk Mill, and holds and curates all the art and collections within them, including the world’s largest collection of paintings by Joseph Wright of Derby.

Derby Museums aims to bring as many of the objects and treasures in the collections into the public domain as is practically possible and present them in ways that delight and inspire, via education and learning programmes, events and exhibitions, in order to share knowledge and inspire creativity and making amongst the people of Derby.

As a charity Derby Museums relies on funding and grants from organisations and donations from businesses and the general public, all of which is gratefully received in order to ensure that admission to the museums remains free for all.


Museum of Making
Derby Museums has secured major grant funding from the National Lottery Heritage FundArts Council England , the Government-awarded Local Growth Fund allocation of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (the private sector-led partnership promoting economic growth across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire), Derby City Council and support from a range of charitable trusts and foundations for the development to develop Derby Silk Mill to be the new Museum of Making opening in 2021.

The Museum of Making is being delivered by an Alliance Board made up of partners including Speller MetcalfeBauman Lyons ArchitectsThe Creative CoreDerry Building ServicesGCAConsultingPreston Barbar and Derby Museums using the Integrated Project Insurance (IPI) model, facilitated by IPI Initiatives. IPI is one of the new models of procurement and construction being trialled by the Government as a way of reducing risk and Derby Museums is only the second organisation in the UK to use this construction model.

The project will open up the whole of the Silk Mill, creating beautiful spaces to inspire our visitors and will provide access to 100% of Derby Museums’ collections of Making and Social History. The new museum will have our communities at its heart and be uniquely co-produced with the people of Derby.


Derby Museums’ Endowment Campaign

Derby Museums has been awarded a Heritage Endowment Grant by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Over the next four years Derby Museums aims to raise £1 million that will be matched pound for pound by The Fund. This will create a £2 million Endowment Fund that will be permanently invested to provide an income to help to support Derby Museums’ long term future.


The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Using money raised by the National Lottery, we Inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future.

Follow @HeritageFundUK on TwitterFacebook and Instagram and use #NationalLotteryHeritageFund


Arts Council England

Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. By 2030 we want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish, and where every one of us has access to a remarkable range of high-quality cultural experiences. Between 2018 and 2022, we will invest £1.45 billion of public money from the government and an estimated £860 million from the National Lottery to help deliver this vision.

Following the Covid-19 crisis, the Arts Council has developed a £160 million emergency response package, with nearly 90% coming from the National Lottery, for organisations and individuals needing support. Find out more at

Derby Museums has been funded by Arts Council England since 2012 to deliver improved museum facilities and services in Derby and from April 2018 is a National Portfolio Organisation.

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