Museum of Georgian Life and Costume
41 Friar Gate, Derby, DE1 1DA
telephone: 01332 715181
fax: 01332 641910
minicom: 01332 256666
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You can see the ground floor dining room, drawing room and morning room as they might have been in Joseph Pickford's time. A Georgian bedroom and dressing room have been recreated on the first floor, while on the top floor there is a servant's bedroom complete with straw mattress.
The kitchen and laundry have been reconstructed, together with a cellar, pantry and housekeeper's cupboard, so that visitors can get an idea of what life was like for the servants working below stairs in Georgian times. One of the cellars is equipped as an air-raid shelter of the 1940s.
The upper floors feature displays of toys and toy theatres, and several rooms showing some of the Museum's excellent collection of historic costumes and textiles.
Visitors may use the museum car park at the rear of Pickford's House, off Agard Street.
Facilities for disabled visitors
Pickford's House is an historic building and adaptations have been made to give wheelchair users access to the ground floor and basement. Unfortunately there is no toilet on these floors and no wheelchair access to the first and second floors. Visitors may view a video guide to the museum.
Baby changing facilities are available.
Costume and Textiles Collection
The costume and accessories collection, dating from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries, is becoming widely known and used by students. The Keeper of Pickford's House is very willing to help teachers use the collection as a resource for social history, textiles fashion studies for GCSE, A level or Further or Higher Education. Please telephone for further details.
If you have an item that may be of interest to the museum please contact us. We are also grateful for any financial donations toward development of the museum's collections.
If you wish to visit the museum as an organised group, just let us know beforehand when you are coming and what you want to see. This helps us to ensure that your visit does not clash with other groups.
Learning at Pickford's House
Teachers can lead their own visits, or book one of the sessions led by one of the museum's staff. We strongly recommend a preliminary visit. The Education team are always willing to meet teachers on site to discuss their specific requirements.
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