We’re excited! — Derbyshire Record Office

Lady Jane Franklin has inspired us to try something new – can you guess from our teaser what it is?

via We’re excited! — Derbyshire Record Office


The Lost Beasts of Buxton

The Lost Beasts

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free family event

Saturday 29th June

1 – 4pm

at Buxton Museum


Making carnival masks and hats inspired by our very own scimitar-tooth cats,

cave lions, wild horses and mammoths.


Low Masks animal 79Once upon a time and not so long ago there were wolves in the Peak District hills, wild boars in the woods and beavers in the rivers. Once there were wild ponies here, and cave lions, reindeer and bears. There were scimitar-toothed cats and straight-tusked elephants.


Before that, long and longer ago there were strange sharks swimming in ancient limestone seas.

What wonderful animal would you celebrate?

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Join us at the Museum to make animal masks and hats to wear in Buxton Carnival – or just to wear and enjoy and relish the animals that lived here once (or, for unicorns, maybe “should have lived here once”).

Celebrate the ancient animals of the Peaks and join Two Left Hands in the Buxton Carnival Parade. A BM125 workshop as part of the celebrations for the Museum’s 125th anniversary



This event is free, no booking or tickets needed. Children under 7 should bring a grown-up with them and you need to allow 45 minutes to make an animal hat




It is a very intimate thing, hearing someone read. A ‘live’ audiobook that goes straight through your ear and into your brain. And your heart. This cosy art form is one of life’s quiet pleasures.

Next Friday, a wonderful young actress called Sarah Day will be reading my story and you’re welcome to come along. It’s free.

D E E P is a dark, urban fairy ‘tail’ about a boy from Buxton who falls in a pool then discovers that someone is down there. Or some ‘thing’. With scenes set in our own museum as well as Blake Mere pool, it’s Buxton but not as we know it.

It starts at 6pm prompt on May 31st, free but you do need to book as places are limited. Just click on the link below.

Part of the festival, supported by Arts Council England.

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Join the team at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

If you’ve ever wanted to be part of the front-of-house team at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery; talk to visitors, sell gifts, arrange displays, help organise events and exhibitions and get paid for it, now’s your chance. Derbyshire County Council is currently recruiting relief museum attendants. We’re a small but cheerful team here in Buxton and we work together to deliver an award-winning service. All you need is a bit of relevant experience and an enthusiasm for public service and art and/or history. You can find the vacancy here until 9 June 2019.

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