Derby Museums

Arts Council Hub for Derby

Bondholder Derby Theatre has been awarded £1.5m by Arts Council England to become a pilot Performing Arts Producing Hub from September 2019.

As one of only two venues selected as a Producing Hub, Derby Theatre will use the three years of funding to programme work in community settings across the city; produce new small-scale productions that will tour into these hubs and beyond; produce new mid-scale work which will play on the Derby Theatre main stage and produce new outdoor work which will play at festivals like Festé and across the city.

The exciting consortium of companies who will help to support, deliver and develop the Producing Hub model in Derby include: Bondholders Déda, Derby City Council, Derby County Community Trust, QUAD and the University of Derby, along with Baby People, China Plate, Crying Out Loud, Maison Foo, Milk Presents, Not Too Tame and Wild Rumpus.

Sarah Brigham (Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Derby Theatre) said:“We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded the Producing Hubs funding which will enable us to forge and develop new and exciting relationships with artists, local people and organisations across the city and beyond.”

Neil Darlison (Director, Theatre at Arts Council England) said: “These pilots will examine whether a better connected performing arts sector increases production capacity and provides greater opportunities for artists and audiences.”

In addition to the Arts Council England Funding, Derby Theatre along with Bondholders Artcore, Déda, Derby County Community Trust, Derby Museums, QUAD and Sinfonia ViVA, as well as Baby People and East Midlands Caribbean Carnival Arts Network (collectively known as the Derby Cultural Education Partnership) has also been awarded £1.1 million from the Arts Council Youth Performance Partnership Fund for the continuation of This is Derby.

The overall aim of the Arts Council’s Youth Performance Partnerships programme, through This is Derby, is to provide new opportunities for more children and young people, aged 8-18, particularly from areas of low cultural engagement and high levels of deprivation to take part in high quality cultural activities. It is a 3-year programme running until August 2022.

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Derby Ram Trail launched

Bondholder Derby Museums are seeking support from the local business community for the Derby Ram Trail; an amazing public art event threaded across the city next summer in support of the charity.

Launched today, The Derby Ram Trail will consist of around 30, five-foot high fibreglass sculptures in the shape of Derby’s mythical Ram.

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Each Ram needs a business sponsor, before being decorated by a commissioned artist. Once all 30 Rams are sponsored and decorated, they will go on public display between June and August 2020.

Tony Butler, Executive Director at Derby Museums, said: “The Derby Ram Trail is all about making public art accessible to the people of Derby and beyond - it’s a really fun way to bring people together to rediscover and take pride in their city.”

After the trail has finished, the sculptures will be brought together for one weekend, the Ram-union, before they are, auctioned off to raise money for Derby Museums’ Endowment Fund, helping to secure the future of Derby Museums.

The first details of the Derby Ram Trail were revealed today at an official Breakfast Launch at Derby Museum and Art Gallery, attended by over 130 business delegates from around the city and region.

Local sculptor Michael Pegler, who in 1995 created the famous stone ram now on Derby’s East Street, has generously allowed Derby Museums to use his Ram design for the Derby Ram Trail sculptures.

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The Derby Ram Trail is being led by Derby Museums in partnership with Wild in Art, a leading creative producer of spectacular free public art. Wild in Art trails have had a massive regional impact; attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors, generating millions for the local economy and raising substantial money for charity.

Ashley Lewis, Senior BID Project Manager for the Bondholder Cathedral Quarter BID, which has already pledged its support to the project, commented
“We are delighted to be the Presenting Partner of what promises to be a fantastic event for the city. We look forward to welcoming the Derby Ram Trail to the award-winning Cathedral Quarter, providing an invaluable boost to the economic, social and cultural life of the city.”

For more information about the Derby Ram Trail, or to receive a sponsorship pack, contact Amy Simcox, Head of Fundraising at Derby Museums on 01332 642287 or email: amys@derbymuseums.org. Project progress can be followed at www.derbyramtrail.org or on Twitter @DerbyRamTrail.




Eagle Engine connections

Bondholder Derby Museums is calling for stories on one of the star attractions of its new Museum of Making, due to open in 2020 - the Rolls-Royce Eagle Engine.

One of the stand-out objects is the Eagle Engine, which helped to power the first transatlantic flight by Alcock and Brown 100 years ago on June 14th and 15th 1919.

Do you have any connections to the Rolls-Royce Eagle Engine? Was someone in your family involved on the Eagle production line at Rolls-Royce? If so the Museum of Making wants to hear from you. The flight was also the first air mail plane and carried some interesting correspondence with it – did anyone in your family receive any mail from the flight?

The Eagle Engine is just one of over 50,000 objects that will go on display at the new Museum of Making when it opens its doors.

Tony Butler, Executive Director at Derby Museums said: “The new Museum of Making is being completely designed and put together with the people and industries of Derby. That is why we are issuing this call to find anyone with stories who can paint a wider picture about their involvement in this key milestone of aviation. It is those personal stories that will bring the Museum of Making to life and help inspire the maker in all of us."

Gill Fennell, Community Investment Manager, Rolls-Royce said: “We are incredibly proud of the role the Eagle Engine played in this amazing milestone in aviation history. As well as celebrating this key moment, we are also looking towards the future skills and expertise we need to help us pioneer new technologies."

If you have stories or connections related to Eagle Engines made by Rolls-Royce in Derby, or are interested in volunteering to help make the new Museum of Making please contact info@derbymuseums.org.

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Lego lands well

Bondholder MX Display has teamed-up with fellow Bondholder Derby Museums on its latest exhibition “Brick History: A World of LEGO Awaits."

Custom graphics, signage and portable displays are helping bring things to life at the exhibition which opened to the public at Derby Museum and Art Gallery on Friday 24 May and runs to Sunday 8 September, guiding visitors through colourful recreations of famous people and events, which have taken place throughout history, and is all brilliantly done using just Lego bricks.

MX Display has produced and installed a number of striking visuals, including a giant Jurassic wall mural in the children’s activity area, a cut-out rocket and astronaut, as well as a bespoke mirror frame and exhibition signage.

David Lister, MX Sales Director, said: “We worked with Derby Museums last year on their Wild exhibition and were thrilled to be asked to support again this year. Our studio and installation teams have had lots of fun with this project, and it’s great to be part of something in the heart of the city that visitors from across the UK can come and enjoy throughout the summer.”

Janine Derbyshire, Head of Visitor Experience at Derby Museums Trust, said: “MX Display have been so generous, going way above and beyond to support our latest exhibition.

Everything MX have produced and installed is of such high quality and their teams have been so professional from the outset – the giant dinosaur wall graphic is just brilliant and is already proving a big hit in the activity area!”

Details of the free exhibition can be found on Derby Museum’s website.


Leonardo da Vinci visits Derby Museums…

The Royal Collection holds one of the world’s greatest collections of drawings by Leonardo da Vinci. This spring, a selection of these exquisite drawings will travel to Bondholder Derby Museums Trust for a special exhibition marking the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance Master’s death.

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Never-before seen in the city, the works have been gathered together to reflect the full range of Leonardo’s interests, from painting, sculpture, architecture, and music, to anatomy, engineering, cartography, geology and botany. As so much of his life’s work was unrealised or destroyed, it is only in these drawings, and a handful of related manuscripts, that Leonardo’s greatest achievements survive.

This exhibition is part of a nationwide event, with simultaneous shows of Leonardo’s drawings at Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Southampton and Sunderland, providing the widest-ever UK audience the opportunity to see the work of this extraordinary artist.

Bondholders collaborate to deliver 'Essential Life Skills'

Bondholder Derby County Community Trust has launched a £1m project called ‘This Is Derby’ – an Essential Life Skills Programme which is funded by the Department for Education.

This innovative project will be delivered alongside Derby’s Cultural Education Partnership, with fellow Bondholders Déda, Derby Museums, Derby QUAD, Derby Theatre, and Sinfonia Viva, as well as Artcore, Baby People, East Midlands Caribbean Carnival Arts Network and Music Partnership taking a lead role for different areas.

The project is a collaboration between arts, culture and sport for 5-18 year olds in Derby, and was awarded the fund from the Department for Education as Derby is identified as an opportunity area, where educational attainment falls below the national average and alternative provision has been identified as impacting growth and learning.

‘This Is Derby’ will provide a minimum of 12 hours per week of extra-curricular activity in the nine most disadvantaged areas of the city: Abbey, Arboretum, Alvaston, Boulton, Chaddesden, Derwent, Normanton, Mackworth and Sinfin. In addition, there will be a citywide SEND hub, and a digital hub which will be co-ordinated by QUAD and invite the young people involved to enhance their digital skills.

Simon Carnall, Head of Community at Derby County Community Trust, spoke at the launch event, saying: “We are all fantastic organisations delivering amazing work in the city. However, the statistics speak for themselves and even with all this work, we sit at 303rd out 324th for social mobility in the country.

“We need to change, work together and grow to make sure our young people are progressing, achieving and believing in themselves. ‘This Is Derby’ is new, exciting and collaborative, and we can’t wait to hit the ground running and work on ‘closing the gap’ for those young people whose lives are essentially determined by the postcode they were born in."

There will be the opportunity for young people to voice their ideas and opinions on the project in order to ensure it is youth led and caters for the needs of the city’s youth. The project will open up opportunities for children and young people aged 5-18 and their families, but is not wholly exclusive and will not be restricted by means testing.

Alix Manning-Jones, Derby’s Cultural Education Producer, who has spearheaded the bid along with Will Turner from Derby County Community Trust, said: “I’m really enjoying working in partnership with the Trust and other sports organisations that the arts aren’t seen to usually work alongside.

“We’re looking forward to the kick-off roadshows to go to the communities in which they’ll be delivering in October to really begin to see the project in action.”

Derby Museums Midlands maker Challenge secures investment

Bondholder Derby Museums has announced that they have received a substantial donation, creating the basis for an exciting new competition – the Midlands Maker Challenge.

The investment from Midlands based engineering firm IMI plc will allow the new Museum of Making at Derby Silk Mill to run this innovative competition when it opens in 2020. School children, colleges, universities and adult education organisations will all be invited to take part, and submit their ideas individually and in teams. The Museum of Making will run a number of ‘ideas’ days to help people get their creative juices flowing and to tap into their inner-makers when responding to the creative challenges they will be set.

The basis for the Midlands Maker Challenge has come out of the work that Derby Museums delivered over three years on the ArtScience Prize UK, in partnership with local, national and international organisations. This involved artists, scientists, inventors and design specialists working with school children to develop their ideas and create a prototype solution around a cutting-edge theme. This work came to an end in 2015, but the learnings from the project have been used to shape this new competition.

Tony Butler, Executive Director of Derby Museums said: “I am delighted to announce this fantastic funding from IMI plc which is a real boost to the work of the Museum of Making and will give us a really hands-on way to get people involved in the rich history of creativity, innovation and making that Derby and the wider region are famous for.

 “This funding is only the starting point and we will be working over the coming months to shape the competition and encourage other industry leaders in the region to get on board and support this flagship activity which really showcases what we can do as a city and a region. We also know from the work we have done previously how this approach can really unlock people’s capacity for innovation and help us build the makers of the future.”

Derby Museums is currently in the process of recruiting staff to develop the Midlands Maker Challenge programme and it will be making more announcements about how businesses and education organisations can get involved as the development progresses.