Permanent exhibitions

The museum currently has two permanent displays - the Wonders of the Peak: a journey through time and place, and the Boyd Dawkins Study.


Wonders of the Peak: a journey through time and place.

The museum's principal gallery, Wonders of the Peak: a journey through time and place, explores the history of the Peak District and Derbyshire. It shows how natural forces and people's lives have created the landscape we see today. You can explore the Wonders of the Peak at the museum, online, or in the landscape.

The Boyd Dawkins Study

This period-style study room (circa 1900) celebrates the role of collectors in bringing together some of the museum's most important and eclectic artefacts − in particular the role of two scientists: Sir William Boyd Dawkins and Dr. J. Wilfred Jackson.

Around the walls you can see Boyd Dawkins' library. Some of the pictures, ornaments and scientific equipment also belonged to him.

We have also displayed some of the interesting objects that have been donated to the museum since it opened in 1893. Can you find the nineteenth-century mermaid, the heads of some 'homecoming ewes' and a 4,500 year old skull, excavated near Fairfield, Buxton?

Dawkins and Jackson would have been intrigued by these objects, too.

Take a virtual tour of the study