We host a range of exciting events for all the family to enjoy.
Due to our temporary closure from September 2016 to Spring 2017, we're taking our mobile museum to events and venues around the Peak District. This will give you the opportunity to handle objects and try out our brand new web app.
All events are drop-in unless stated otherwise.
For more information email: email@example.com or tel: 01629 533540.
You can join our mailing list to be kept informed about the many events, exhibitions and workshops which we host throughout the year.
Poetry workshop: Messages
Thursday 6 October 2016 between 2pm and 4.30pm.
Kents Bank Road
Join poet Judy Brown and use images and writings from the museum collection to inspire your own poems about local places and people. Judy lives in Derbyshire where she works as a poetry tutor and mentor for the Poetry Society. She is an Associate Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund and has been Writer in Residence at Gladstone's Library and Poet in Residence at Dove Cottage. Her second book of poems 'Crowd Sensations' (Seren 2016) is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.
This event is free but advance booking is essential. Book Poetry Workshop: Messages at Eventbrite (opens in a new window).
Photography workshop: Reimaging the Peaks
Sunday 9 October 2016 between 9am and 5pm.
Cressbrook Village Hall
Let photographer Chris Gilbert take you on a journey. Be inspired by the scenic views captured in 19th century prints of the Peak District and hunt out the modern settings of these depictions of the local landscape. Chris will provide expert tuition in how to develop your digital photography skills so you can capture what you see using your own equipment. Chris runs Ravenseye Gallery in Cressbrook and works with the Peak District National Park at the Peak Photography Gallery in Bakewell. He has been shortlisted in a number of national photographic competitions and his work has been published by National Geographic.
This event is free but advance booking is essential. Book Photography Workshop: Reimaging the Peaks at Eventbrite (opens in a new window)
Sunday 16 October 2016 between 12 noon and 3pm.
Dove Valley Centre, near Longnor
We're out and about seeking autumnal bounty! Come along to Dove Valley Centre to celebrate the old orchards of the Peak District. Make your own apple juice, taste fresh apple treats from heritage varieties and work with artists to create a book of apple adventures, delicious recipes and local wildlife.
Pictures in the Landscape
Saturday 22 October to Sunday 30 October 2016
Cromford Canal, near Matlock
Enjoy historic views from in and around Cromford, reproduced from the collection at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, in a free art trail along the canal between Cromford Mills and High Peak Junction. This event is part of Derwent Valley Mills Discovery Days.
Monday 24 October 2016 between 11am and 3pm.
The Gothic Warehouse
Get inspired by the landscape of Cromford Mills and High Peak Junction and sketch, scribble or draw your favourite bits onto our big drawing. Using a variety of materials we'll work together to create an amazing picture, 20 metres or more long, that tells the story of this special place: the birthplace of the factory system in the valley that changed the world. This event is part of Derwent Valley Mills Discovery Days.
Thursday 27 October 2016 between 11am and 3pm.
Draw, colour, collage, etch and sketch your way around Pavilion Gardens as we celebrate the Big Draw in Buxton. Collect some materials from us by the Pavilion, then get exploring around the gardens and see what inspires your artwork. If it's raining, there's plenty to do and draw inside - from the wonderful winter garden to the bustle of the cafe and gallery.
Saturday 5 November 2016 between 10am and 12.30pm and later between 2pm and 4.30pm.
A rare opportunity to get hands-on experience of the ancient craft of flintknapping, this half-day workshop includes an explanation of the techniques and examples of the archaeological evidence. You'll make your own flint tool with help from James Dilley, PhD researcher and specialist in prehistoric techniques. All tools, materials and personal protective equipment will be provided. Participants must be over 14 years old.
£35 per person, advance booking essential. Please tel: 01629 533540 during normal office hours.
Collections in the Landscape: the story so far
Wednesday 16 November 2016 between 7.30pm and 9pm.
Join us at Poole's Cavern for an update on the progress of the Collections in the Landscape project, including the redevelopment of the Wonders of the Peak gallery at Buxton Museum. With thanks to Buxton Civic Association.
Family Fun: Treasures of the Peak
Saturday 19 November 2016 between 10am and 12 noon.
Saturday 19 November 2016 between 1.30pm and 3.30pm
Kents Bank Road
Inspired by the star objects from the Wonders of the Peak gallery, we'll make our own treasures using card, felt, clay and imagination! Then we'll add them to our treasure chests with maps and more.
Lantern Making with Buxton Sparkles
Saturday 26 November 2016 between 10am and 12.30pm and later between 1.30 and 4pm.
The Railway Pub
Drop in to make your own willow lantern for the Buxton Winter Celebration and get ready to join the Pirates Treasure Trail on Saturday 3 December 2016 at 4pm! More information at Buxton Sparkles (opens in a new window)
Ancient Stories and Modern Lights
Wednesday 21 December 2016 between 11am and 1pm.
Make the most of the shortest day and join storyteller Creeping Toad at Arbor Low for some stories as old as the hills. Bring along a plastic bottle to make your own stone circle lantern. This event is free, but advance booking is essential. Book Ancient Stories and Modern Lights at Eventbrite (opens in a new window)
Please note: there is a £1 per person site entrance fee payable at Arbor Low.
Winter Solstice Walk
Wednesday 21 December 2016 between 1pm and 3pm.
Discover one of the most important prehistoric sites in the country with interpreter Bill Bevan. The henge monument, like other major sacred sites, includes a stone circle surrounding a central stone cove and the landscape is full of paths, mounds and mysteries. This event is free, but advance booking is essential. Book winter Soltice Walk at Eventbrite (opens in a new window)
There is a £1 per person site entrance fee payable at Arbor Low.
Thursday 16 February 2017 between 10am and 12 noon and later between 1pm and 3pm.
Kents Bank Road
Make your own cabinet of curiosity inspired by the handling collection and fill it with your own treasures and curious finds to make a portable personal museum.
Saturday 11 March 2017 between 10am to 12 noon and later between 1pm and 3pm.
Get hands on with some of our fantastic fossils - including plants, shark teeth and Derbyshire screws, explore the world before the dinosaurs and make and take your own fossil sea bed.
Normal admission charges apply for entry to Poole's Cavern.
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