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Some of our particularly important or interesting collections are:

  • Carboniferous limestone fossils from the Peak District
  • Pleistocene (Ice Age) animal bones and teeth from local caves and quarries
  • the archives and libraries of Professor Sir William Boyd Dawkins and Dr J.W. Jackson, geologists associated with the county and with Manchester Museum
  • the Board photographic collection of images of Buxton and the surrounding area
  • local social history and ephemera
  • Randolph Douglas ‘House of Wonders’ collection from Castleton which includes a huge collection of locks and keys and some very unusual Houdini material
  • fine art collection of mostly 19th and 20th century works in watercolours, oils and prints, including works by Brangwyn, Chagall, Chahine and their contemporaries
  • mineral collections including Blue John, local specimens, and cave deposits
  • unique collection of decorative Ashford Black Marble objects and associated tools
  • objects and ephemera from the Derbyshire Police Collection

The collections are showcased in our Wonders of the Peak gallery and are used for changing exhibitions and displays. We loan objects to other museums and make them available for researchers by appointment.