After months of closure, Derbyshire County Council’s Buxton Museum and Art Gallery will re-open to visitors on Tuesday 18 May, 2021. You can find out about visiting and pre-book admission tickets by going to Admission is free.

The annual Derbyshire Open Art exhibition has been postponed but the museum is delighted to show Across Time – A Retrospective, the work of Brian Nolan (1931-2019). Brian’s beautiful picture Kestrel at Kinder painted in the landscape towards the end of his painting career because of failing eyesight, won the Derbyshire Open Art Exhibition trophy in 2004. For more than 40 years, Brian was a familiar figure in the Dark Peak, setting out from his home in Hayfield to paint out of doors, sheltering under trees and in barns and capturing the majesty of the Dark Peak landscape in all weathers. The exhibition runs until 5 September.

In complete contrast is Full Circle – Back to Where We Began. Long-time friends Susan Dodd and Penny Kealey are exhibiting their recent work together. Unable to work even more collaboratively during lockdown, and with very different styles, the works share a common thread of interests and preoccupations in their love of the strange, obscure, and mystical, and how these are manifest in ideas and symbols. Penny’s work finds inspiration in imagery found in Romanesque carving and medieval illuminated manuscripts. Susan’s work is rooted in Victorian cabinets of curiosity, the shrines and reliquaries of medieval Europe, and the colour of feasts, fairs and circuses. This exhibition closes on 25 July.

The museum is also celebrating the 150th anniversary of the opening of the pavilions in the gardens at Buxton on 10 August 1871, with an exhibition of objects relating to the gardens in Victorian times. From admission tickets to sporting trophies and programmes of thrilling music, people in Victorian times enjoyed and appreciated the park, as much as we have all done during recent months.

As well as special exhibitions, the permanent installations tell the story of the geology and archaeology of the Peak District, a fitting tribute to the Peak District National Park which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. And the shop is always a place to find a special card or unique gift.

For further information please contact Ros Westwood MBE FMA, Derbyshire Museums Manager at

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