Other things to see and do around Donington and Derby.
A few suggestions and links for things to see and do in and around Donington and Derby. Please visit the sites for full details of facilities and opening times.
DONINGTON GRAND PRIX COLLECTION - WHEATCROFT COLLECTION
Why not visit the Donington Grand Prix Collection and Wheatcroft Collection of Military Vehicles while on site.
Your Derby Worlds tickets will allow adults entry at the reduced price of £6
ROYAL CROWN DERBY PORCELAIN CO. LTD VISITOR CENTRE
Royal Crown Derby china is known and collected throughout the
world. The fine traditional skills have led to an international reputation for
quality and creativity. The Royal Crown Derby Visitor Centre has been created
to provide an insight into the traditions, the history and the skills that go
into making Royal Crown Derby so special.
The museum, houses the most comprehensive collection of Derby Porcelain to be seen anywhere in the world. It includes pieces from all three of the factories in Derby'd porcelain history. First, the Nottingham Road factory, which operated from about 1750 to 1848, then the King Street factory which arose out of the closure of Nottingham Road and lasted until 1935, and third, the present factory on Osmaston Road which began operations in 1878 and continues today.
A wide range of Royal Crown Derby wares can be purchased in the Factory Shop, adjacent to the Visitor Centre, including exclusive Paperweights that are only available from the factory shop in the UK and from selected Retailers overseas.
The vistor centre is situated on Osmaston Road
Kedleston Hall is just a few miles past the University on Kedleston Road
Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire was erected in the 1760`s by the first Baron Scarsdale, on the site of large buildings that had been occupied by the Curzon family for hundreds of years. Kedleston Hall is the last built of Derbyshire`s great houses, to a design by Robert Adam and it remains one of the finest examples of his work. Kedleston Hall is now owned by the National Trust, with present members of the Scarsdale family still living in a small part of it.
DERBY CITY MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY
houses a wide range of important and attractive collections, covering porcelain, paintings, archaeology, history, local regiments, geology and wildlife.
Paintings by the celebrated 18th Century Derby artist Joseph Wright, A.R.A. (1734-97) include portraits, landscapes, subjects from literature and scenes of industry and scientific equipment that represent this exciting period of pioneering discovery. This is the largest collection of the artist's work in any public gallery in the world.
The Museums collection of fine Derby porcelain, produced in the city since c.1750, is of international importance.
The Military Gallery tells the stories of local regiments such as the 9th/12th Royal Lancers, the Derbyshire Yeomanry and the Sherwood Foresters, with information available on a touch-screen computer.
SILK MILL INDUSTRIAL MUSEUM
The Silk Mill Museum is on the site of the world's oldest factories,
the Silk Mills built by George Sorocold in 1702 and 1717. The foundations and
parts of the tower from the 1717 mill are still visible.
The displays tell the story of the industrial heritage and achievement of Derby and its people. There is a special emphasis on the development of Rolls-Royce aero engines and the railway industry. Other displays cover local industries such as mining, pottery and foundry work.The Power Gallery covers the story of motive power in industry with hands-on exhibits.
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