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Handmade: A Materials and Making Odyssey and other opportunities to create at Derby Museums!



Handmade: A Materials and Making Odyssey and other opportunities to create at Derby Museums!





Join Dr Anna Ploszajski, an award-winning freelance materials scientist, writer and performer for Handmade: A Materials and Making Odyssey, in partnership with Heritage Crafts. Anna will take you on a craft odyssey as she recounts a scientist’s adventure through the world of craft. Meet the craftspeople yourself at this immersive making experience, sit back for stories, stand-up and making demos. You’ll come away with a newfound appreciation for crafting and materials!


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There are lots of opportunities to get creative and learn a new skill at the Museum of Making. Make your own Milk Bottle Mallet in a unique course focusing on recycling and sustainable creation. You’ll learn how to turn recycled plastic into beautiful and functional tools, creating your very own milk bottle mallet! Have a go at Practical Veneering with Workshop Manager Steve Smith who will help you to explore a variety of veneering techniques to create a decorative plywood box. A great opportunity to learn more about this fascinating skill.


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We’re looking for Makers to take part in Let’s MAKE Christmas 2023. Would you like to see your work on sale in our shops at Derby Museums this Christmas? We’re looking for Midlands-based Artists and Makers to take part in our seasonal celebration of contemporary craft produced in the region. All types of work will be considered. An application form can be downloaded here, the deadline is Sunday 16 July. We look forward to hearing from you!


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#VolunteersWeek takes place in June and we joined in to celebrate our wonderful volunteer team at Derby Museums. Our volunteers are up for everything, from making, sharing, enthusing and researching. There’s nothing this team can’t do and we are so grateful for their time and dedication.

We were pleased to share more about our young volunteers – a large portion of Derby Museums’ volunteer team are under 30. They give their time with all sorts of roles ranging from welcoming visitors to caring for the model railway.
We want to say THANK YOU… together we make Derby Museums.


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We are pleased to share that The Orrery has returned to the Joseph Wright Gallery after a visit to the The Foundling Museum. When Joseph Wright first exhibited this painting in 1766, it inspired high praise and still remains one of his most famous paintings. We are happy to see it back in its rightful place.


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