A collection of flints

Our collections include geology, archaeology (mostly of the Peak District), fine and decorative art, photographs, archives and much more.

Some of our particularly important or interesting collections are:

  • Carboniferous limestone fossils from the Peak District collected between 1900 and 1950
  • Pleistocene (Ice Age) animal bones and teeth from caves and quarries throughout the Peak District
  • the archives and libraries of Professor Sir William Boyd Dawkins and Dr JW Jackson, geologists associated with the county and with Manchester Museum
  • the Board photographic collection of images of Buxton
  • 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 the tools used to work it
  • Derbyshire Police Collection.

Many of our collections will be displayed in the redeveloped Wonders of the Peak gallery. The gallery will be closed between January 2016 and June 2017 while we make these exciting changes, resulting in around 10% more objects on display than the old exhibition.

The museum is currently developing digital access to the collections with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. This project is called Collections in the Landscape.

To access the collections in store contact the curatorial staff to make an appointment by email: or tel: 01629 533540.

We also manage the Derbyshire Social History collection.

We provide support and advice to the Derbyshire Schools Library Service and to independent museums in Derbyshire.

Our curators are happy to help with enquiries and identifications. If we don't have the expertise to help, we'll advise you of a museum that can. We can't provide financial valuations.

We continue to collect material. Our museum's acquisition and disposal policy is attached to this page.

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