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LEGO®, new paintings and making workshops at Derby Museums


Dive into the world of LEGO® at the Museum of Making.  During the first Covid lockdown, artist Jon Tordoff embarked on a project to recreate England’s Lake District out of LEGO® bricks. The model is now made up of over 200,000 LEGO® pieces and includes landmarks Buttermere, Crummock Water, Ennerdale, Honister, Borrowdale and Derwentwater. With plans to expand into Keswick and beyond, it doesn’t look like Jon will be finished any time soon! LEGO® Lake District opens Saturday 21 October at the Museum of Making.

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History Makers Unfolded is the latest exhibition at the Museum and Art Gallery. The exhibition builds on conversations started by our 2022 History Makers exhibition, and invites visitors to share their thoughts around representation in museum spaces with the aim of empowering Derbyshire History Makers. Open at the Museum and Art Gallery until 10 March 2024.

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Celebrate this year’s Georgian Derbyshire Festival at Derby Museums. Explore the history of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site through antique maps at the Chartered Territory Exhibition and discover what it was like to love in the Georgian period with Dr Ruth Larsen at her talk: ‘Gorgeous Georgians? Love, Lust and Married Life’. You’re also invited to bring the whole family along to make, create and explore The People of Pickford’s House.

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Derby Poetry Festival has an all-star lineup this year with internationally renowned poet, Terrance Hayes joining the headline event at the Museum and Art Gallery, alongside Rachel Long and Raymond Antrobus. The annual Poetry Slam is taking place at the Museum of Making for the first time. The line-up has just been announced – expect an emotive evening filled with passion and joy!

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Explore some of the biggest mysteries asked by curious children everywhere at Sinfonia Viva’s family show Wait… What?!. One day, Sandy realises that there are lots of things in the world that don’t make any sense – like how does the water get into our taps? And where do clouds come from? Join in and help Sandy get to the bottom of it all. After the show you can meet the musicians and enjoy family-friendly musical activities.

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