Established in 1879, Derby Museum and Art Gallery boasts paintings and artefacts that are of both local and international significance. Derby Museums is home to the world’s largest collection of works by Joseph Wright of Derby.
Born in Derby in 1734, Wright is an internationally renowned artist, whose paintings and works on paper adorn the walls of major galleries the world over. Famed as a “painter of light” and for his association with key members of the intellectual movement known as the Enlightenment, he is now considered to be one of Britain’s most interesting and wide-ranging painters. The Joseph Wright Gallery is a permanent space dedicated to showcasing the full range of his paintings alongside small, temporary displays of drawings and prints from the museums’ collection.
Surrounding the tables within The Coffee House is a collection of historic porcelain and ceramic ware from Derbyshire. Together the cases show the development of porcelain vessels in Derbyshire from the 17th century onwards.
In December 2001, the Derwent Valley Mills in Derbyshire was inscribed on the World Heritage List. This international designation confirms the outstanding importance of the area as the birthplace of the factory system where in the 18th Century water power was successfully harnessed for textile production.
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