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Collections

We’re currently working to publish more of our collections online, so watch this space for a searchable catalogue coming soon. 


A collection of flints

You can now explore the link between the local landscape and our collections (and those of our partners) by visiting the Wonders of the Peak website.

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.

We can also help with research enquiries, including arranging visits to see collections in store. Please contact us to make an appointment email: buxton.museum@derbyshire.gov.uk or tel: 01629 533540.

We continue to collect material that is relevant to our Collections Development Policy which is attached to this page.

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