25th - 26th March Artist in Residence Rachel Carter

 Sculptor Rachel  will be working on site to produce a giant, suspended, woven hanging for the opening of the "Cool, Clean Cotton" 

To celebrate the re-opening of the museums textile exhibition, following a carpet beetle crisis. This has affected the museums important textile collection which dates back to the mid 1800s





Photo credits Chris Hardy Photography.

See more of Rachels work at


28th March - 12th April - Easter Art Activities 

Design your own easter egg to add to our hanging, mobile work of art (Free art materials)


24th April - "Other Boleyn Girl" - Fundraising Film Night

A tale of two sisters competing for the same King.  this little known story of Mary Boleyn who was mistress to King Henry VIII before he married her older sister, Anne

At the Medway Centre, Bakewell.  Adults £5, Child £3 - Advance bookings through the museum office (01629 813642)


 25th April - Classical Bakewell Tea

Delicious Bakewell tarts and tea served on vintage crockery in the atmospheric museum setting

£2 per head for refreshments

Part of the Bakewell Food Festival


14th May - Eventide Event - Time to Read, Time to Act, Time for Poetry

Part of the Derbyshire Literature Festival 

Writers in the Peak read extracts from their stimulating new work.  Tales from the Derbyshire hills, vales and villages

Meet the Author - Michael Howard

Actors from the local U3A group will perform a dramatised reading of  "The Good Lady Ducayne" written by Michael Howard, author of LS Lowry a Visionary Artist, adapted from Mrs Elizabeth Braddon's short story, that was published a year before Dracula - a classic of Victorian sensationalist writing

Performance Poetry from Dave Siddon

7.30 pm Adults £7.50, Child £3 includes light refreshments


16th May - Eventide Event - "White Peak, Dark Peak"

An exciting body of work from local artists and photographers, Debra Stone, Keith How, Billy Bye and Jules L Sewell

 Live music by DDT, performance painting by Keith How

Part of the  International "Night at the Museum" events 

7 - 9pm entry by donation

 Licensed bar serving wine, beer,  soft drinks and snacks



Artist Keith How


23rd  - 31st May - Terrible Tudors

Enjoy childrens courtyard games, tax collectors maths puzzle sheets, Tudor facts and the terrible "Rat Trail"





5th - 24th June - Fin Cop Hillfort

Temporary exhibition, of the discovery of artefacts and human remains, recovered from a recent excavation of the site.


13th - 14th June - Textile Weekend 11am - 4pm

13th June 7.30pm

A peek into the world of historic textiles.  Learn about our recent battle with the carpet beetles and the ongoing restoration project.


27th June - Tudor Dancing in the Courtyard at 11am





18th July Eventide Event - The always popular "Solar Funk"

Cool jazz, soul and funk music for a summers evening outside the Old House.  Refreshments and licenced bar with Pimms, scrummy Thornbridge beer, selection of wines and soft drinks

Tickets on sale now

 25th, 26th July - Downton Comes to Bakewell

Join us for high tea with homemade cakes and scones.  

In the setting of our lovely courtyard 2 - 4pm  £3.50 for the tea, combined ticket to include museum entrance £7. 00 


25th July - 4th September - Childrens games through the ages

Art and craft activities


21st August - Historical Quiz 

Test your knowledge of local and national histories with friends, whilst enjoying a supper of cheese and wine.


23rd October - 1st November - Halloween Activities


31st October - Eventide Event - Contemporary art exhibition, live music, performance painting

Entry by donation, licenced bar serving wine, beer, soft drinks and snacks


12th - 13th December - Dressed for Christmas

Walk through the Museum in its Christmas finery.  Listen to local choirs and musicians.  Enjoy seasonal Dickens readings and tak epart in children's craft activities.



Previous events



'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.  

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.