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History is alive in Chesterfield Museum. As well as the exhibitions and displays, there are lots of hands on things for children to do, from our discovery spots around the main displays to activities around our temporary exhibitions.

Our main display tells the story of Chesterfield, from its beginning as a Roman fort on Ryknield Street to the building of the ‘Crooked Spire’, the growth of the market town and the industrial revolution.

Chesterfield’s most famous Victorian resident, George Stephenson, ‘Father of the Railways’ moved here in 1837 when he began work on the North Midland railway line . Find out why George decided to stay in Chesterfield, where he lived and where he’s buried.

Listen to people who worked in one of Chesterfield’s many potteries, or down the coal mines, as they describe a day in their life. Did you know that Chesterfield once had races? Or that it has the oldest ‘civic’ theatre in the country, that’s still running today? Find out more on our main display page.

As well as all this, we have a changing programme of exhibitions that look at Chesterfield in different ways. Check out our past exhibitions page to discover what we’ve explored over the last few years.

Visit at Easter for our hands on exhibition for children. We look at an area of history such as the Romans, the Vikings, the Tudors or the Victorians and there’s lots for children to do, from dressing up to games from the past, from sitting on a Roman toilet to weaving on a Viking loom, writing with a Tudor quill, or making a Victorian thaumatrope to fool your eye. Find out what we’re looking at this year on our upcoming exhibitions page.

Don’t miss the First Floor Gallery which has smaller exhibitions including the work of local artist Joseph Syddall. We’ve looked at the history of time, the ‘Great and the Good’ of Chesterfield in portraits and, this year were even building a Trench to commemorate the end of World War One. We’ve hosted exhibitions from local societies such as the Chinese Big Society, Chesterfield College and Derbyshire LGBT+. Have a look at our Art Gallery page to find out what we’re doing this year.

If you thought history was boring, come along and see if we can change your mind.