Buxton Museum has been open to visitors for 125 years. In celebration of this fact, the museum ran the BM125 project in 2018/2019, funded by the Arts Council. We commissioned four emerging artists to create performance pieces that celebrate our collections.

Sean Harris created a lantern presentation for Victory Quarry, where the remains of a sabre-tooth cat were found in 1901. You can see the cat’s tooth on display in our Wonders of the Peak Gallery.


Rob Young  brings to life the Buxton mermaid. A strange creature made from fish skin and human hair, on display in the museum’s Boyd Dawkins Study. You can find out more here.

Jimmy Hyland made a documentary about Rob’s creation and the Buxton Mermaid Festival.

Kevin Edward Turner and Kidology Arts envisaged the story behind the Hopton handaxe, lost or abonded by its owner and on display in the Wonders of the Peak Gallery. They worked with refugee communties in Derby to create My Sister’s Scarf. What would you take if you had to leave home at a moments notice?


Will Hurt made our mineral collection sing. You can use his cystalline software interactives here.