You’re no doubt wondering when you can visit Buxton Museum and Art Gallery this festive season and take a welcome cultural break from all that eating and drinking. Well, wonder no more; here are your opportunties to see some great admission-free exhibtions and get warm after braving Buxton’s frozen streets:
Buxton Museum and Art Gallery has enjoyed lots of visitors already this year and it’s always fascinating to find out what people think of the displays. The front-of-house staff have been collecting feedback and here are some of the latest comments. There is plenty of praise, which is always nice, especially when the staff work so hard but criticism can be equally as helpful as it lets us know where we can improve.
Wonderful throughout! Very enjoyable couple of hours
Great display. The interactive parts got my boy interested and asking good questions.
Deeply offended by the use of CE without any indication of AD and BC
A little gem! Well done
What a wonderful resource with a super variety of objects from modern art to geology specimens. Long may it continue.
Great displays and thanks for the computer facility for public use.
It is important displays use imperial as well as metric systems on displays and info. Many older people think in imperial and we also drive in it. Apart from English visitors what about USA visitors? Please use our English system.
No roar from bear- greatly disappointed!!!
Please continue to refrain from draping the Canadian bear in degrading nonsense. Thank you Otherwise your museum is a gallery of pure marvels.
Can I suggest putting an OS map on the wall upstairs for identifying sites of historical interest e.g. Fairfield, Fin Cop etc for again an idea of location.
What a fantastic museum – what a treat to see a ‘real’ mermaid & really clear informative displays and good hands on stuff.
Lovely museum, very nice atmosphere and good for a rainy day. Enjoyed the boxes of toys etc. Would be great to see a padded toddler/baby area too. Thanks!
Craft session brilliant! Kept our 1 and 3 year old grandchildren very happy. Such a friendly family atmosphere. Thank you all!
Wonderful museum, really good info and lots of it! Can’t believe it’s free
Zoom facility on screen as text a bit small for some visitors. Whoever made the case for HLF funding made an excellent job of it.
Excellent museum. I hope the council don’t cut your funding.
When you come to visit, you will no doubt have your own opinion. We look forward to meeting you and finding out what you think.
The Derbyshire Open Art Exhibition was officially opened last night and you can see the amazing artwork yourself for free until Friday 13 September 2019. Most of the works are for sale. The overall winner, The Derbyshire Trophy is a purchase prize and joins over a thousand other works in the museum’s collection for future generations to enjoy.
The Derbyshire Open Art Competition is run annually by Derbyshire County Council. In this the competition’s 37th year, 258 entries have been received from across Derbyshire and neighbouring counties. 22 entries from young people under 21 years were included in this year’s selection.
Three judges had the difficult task of choosing the pictures to exhibit and selecting the award winners. Sandra Orme is a Buxton artist and previous winner of the Buxton Spa Prize, Amanda Penman is the editor of Artbeat Magazine which promotes all sorts of artistic and creative activity in Derbyshire and Chris Walters is a member of The Friends of Buxton Museum and Art Gallery. The judges’ selection provides an exhibition celebrating the county and living here: where we live, the view and how we spend our time. It shows a good feeling about living in Derbyshire: the landscape, the friendliness of the people and the impressive architecture.
The Friends of Buxton Museum and Art Gallery sponsor a purchase prize. Chair of the Friends, Lindsay Crowe presented the award to this year’s winner which will be added to the museum’s collection.
One prize has yet to be decided. Visitors are encouraged to help choose the Visitors Choice Prize which will be announced in August. You can plan your visit here.
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.
If you’ve ever wanted to visit the lofty spa town of Buxton and its museum, 2019 would a good time. We have two exhibitions focusing on aspects of local life: As we look forward to the re-opening of The Crescent as a spa hotel and visitor experience, our summer exhibition will focus on this iconic Buxton building with art works and artefacts from our collection.
On May 31st 1999, media in the High Peak changed forever. Radio Buxton took to the airwaves for the first time and five years later High Peak Radio was launched. 20 years on, the two brothers who founded both stations curate an exhibition featuring reconstructions of the original Radio Buxton studio. They’ll also be a ‘pirate’ studio including items of memorabilia, equipment and original recordings.
This year we are excited to be hosting Hoards: The Hidden History of Ancient Britain. Discover buried treasure and find out the various reasons why people put precious objects into the ground and why they did not retrieve them. The exhibition brings together finds from the British Museum and Salisbury Museum, including spectacular Iron Age gold torcs and recent discoveries from Wessex. We’ll also be displaying hoards from Derbyshire and the Peak District including additional material from Beeston Tor.
As usual, there is also a changing programme of art exhibitions and events. Download your 2019 What’s On below and plan your visit here.