'Imprint' - curated by Claire Reece

8th to 21st September

Four contemporary,  photographic  artists investigate the human memory.  Own memories constructed or those of people the artist will never meet.  A fascinating peek into the lives of strangers.  The work investigates the influence  the photograph has on memory.  The works displayed all take advantage of the photographs' characteristics as a tactile object, transforming the images into precious mysterious things.

Hannah Mitchell - Phyllis and Elizabeth  
Artists: -
Jo Gane purchased at auction the former home of Julian Henry Beck (1914 - 2012)Coventry based artist, engineer and photographer.  An inherited archive of objects have been documented photographically and present a portrait of the man.  The presentation of the domestic, sometimes banal ordinary items raises the question of what remains as homes are redecorated and traces of a life disappear under the layers of paint in a house to become a part of its domestic archaeology.
Tugcce Karapinar's Kaybolmus Anilar (Fragmented Memories) Buried memories of family relatives, trapped in the attic are now trapped in resin.  The departure of relatives which Karapinar is no longer in contact with or have passed away.  Broken memories are sealed by trapping acetate photographs into polyester resin.  Images hover in and out of existence.
Hannah Mitchell Phyllis and Elizabeth Hannah purchased a box of negatives on ebay, including glass slides which are kept in beautifully hand written sleeves.  the work includes postcards from father who was away traveling and shows the humour an wit of the family.
Lauren Spencer Smoke a series of tiny hand-printed photographs of treasures, hidden inside matchboxes.  The treasures are images of objects from Lauren's past.   The series aims to investigate how we attach memories to objects.  Some are laden with sentimental value, others are trivial things that Lauren has 'simply had for so long I can not imagine not having them'.

Heritage Open Day - FREE walks

11th September 11am & 1. 30pm 

A steady, 1 hr walk up the spine of Bakewell town from the river Wye to the Old House Museum .  Fascinating facts, stories and legends told by enthusiastic guides.  A real trip back in time, a discovery tour of Bakewell's history from Angles, Vikings, Danes, Saxons, Normans.  Medieval background to Tudors and later Arkwright history and industry.
You will see Bakewell with fresh eyes!   Call 01629 813642 for further details.  


Previous Events ..........


Combine Farming Exhibition - From Monday, June 30th

Combine Farming -  FREE Art Workshop -  Saturday July 12th



 Summer Jazz in the Courtyard with Solar Funk

Sunday 20th July - 6pm to 10.30




Also on show and demonstrating skills on Sat 7th June 40s Tea Party will be 'Sitting Pretty" by Ruth Senogles.  Vintage up-cycled furniture display.  


25th March - 5th November 2014 - 'Spirit of the Forties' WWII exhibition of artefacts and collected memories from Bakewell 1940s. 



March 25th - 5th November 2014 - WWI Exhibition, local stories and artefacts of Bakewell's part in the great war.

Join us for - A Night at the Museum 2014  

Sat May 17th at 6pm

'The Gramophone Goes to War'

 Time travel back to WWI with

Duncan Miller - Random Acts and Jenny Bland - The History Van

Enjoy the spirit, recreation of life at home in WWI.  Time travel back to 1914.  Join in the songs of the Great War and roar, roar, roar as you try out recording technology of the time.  Recreate the reports of the British Expeditionary Force as it arrives in France. Playback and hear your songs and recordings. 

Around the museum are a number of activities, knit and stitch blankets, roll bandages and create veils for the Nurses in No-Man's-Land.  Pack Comfort Boxes for the boys at the front.  Dress up in costumes from the time.

After all that activity enjoy a soup and bread supper, scones, Victoria sponge and home made biscuits prepared by the home front ladies.  

Licensed bar serving Thornbridge beer, wine also along with squash and lemonade.

Adults £8, Child £4, Family Ticket (2 Adults, 3 Children) £22.


Thursday 16th May 2013

Join us for International 'Night at the Museum' with the fabulous performance poet Mark Gwynne Jones.  Be part of it!  

Mark has been described by the Guardian as ' of the most accomplished performance poets in the land......drawing the audience into a world where things are not quite what they seem'!

Derbyshire lad Mark, is a charismatic, accomplished performer.  "I think people seeing my work for the first time are genuinely surprised.  I get comments like 'I've seen performance poetry before......but not like that'!  This very special evening of comedy and poetry will draw on Mark's time as resident poet in four of London's central parks, surviving a Roman Catholic boarding school while holding the record for being caned, and how Mark overcame chronic anxiety through poetry.  Mark will also share some career highlights including his disastrous attempt to regale 2000 bikers at the World Superbike Championships and standing in for an astronaut in front of 200 severely disappointed 15 year olds.  Here is a show of disaster in the face of the triumphant!

The evening will start at 7pm with an opportunity to view the museum, performance at 7.30.  The ticket price includes light refreshments, entrance to the museum.  Bar refreshments are available also.  Adults £12, Child (13+) £8.

There are limited tickets available so please book early to avoid disappointment 01629 813 642 -

Reviews for Mark Gwynne Jones

'Mark should be ruined with fame and money before he shows the rest of us up for the bunch of sissies we are.  But if you don't want the truth, don't call a poet, at least not a real one' - Martin Newell, The Independent........

'The brilliant Mark Gwynne Jones.  Passionate...captivating and slightly mad, mind altering poetry' - Edinburgh Three Weeks



Join the "Noisy Neighbours" for a fun evening of sing along folk!  Lively musical entertainment from this well loved duo.

 Traditional games in the courtyard skittles and table football, bar skittles, card games and more all around the museum.  

Washed down with a selection of scrummy Thornbridge Beer.  Light refreshments are included in the ticket price of £10 Adults, £7 for children.  Call 01629 813642 to reserve your tickets