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What's On

What's On

Chesterfield Museum and Art Gallery has events throughout the year, from Lego Play Days to living history, crafts to behind the scenes tours and everything in between.

Here’s a taster of events taking place in 2019. We start with Stone Age Life in the February half term and later in the year we’ll be meeting ‘Father of the Railways’ George Stephenson and discovering his connection with Chesterfield, and Bess of Hardwick a fascinating woman who had a knack for marrying well.

An alchemist is coming in April and you can decide if he’s a wizard or a scientist and see if he can really change lead into gold and create the Philosophers’ stone. Medieval Fun Day on Tuesday 30 July 2019 brings a medieval surgeon to the Museum with his medicines and leeches.

August brings the Animal Road Show to town with favourite furry and feathered friends from White Post Farm (15 August). In October Half Term you can meet a coal miner (31 October) who’ll be exploring what coal mining was like from the Tudors to the 20th Century.

In the run up to Christmas we’ll be looking at traditional games, some that you’ll know like hopscotch and Lego, some that you maybe won’t such as Fox and Geese and Nine Men’s Morris.

We have behind the scenes tours four times a year where you can find out how we care and conserve the objects in our collections, as well as how we label items and how we know exactly where they are when we need them.

We hold regular craft sessions run by StraightCurves with storytelling brought to life with props, mystery handling objects, our popular Person of the Week and our Object of the Month.

Entry to the museum is free although your donations will help us to continue offering great events like these every year.

Event listings

Exhibition: Life saver

22 Jun to 28 Sep 2019 - 10am to 4pm
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Exhibition: Hidden histories - secret streams

27 Jul to 28 Sep 2019 - 10am to 4pm
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Chesterfield local history open day

21 Sep 2019 - 10am to 4pm
Saturday

Valuation Day October

04 Oct 2019 - 10am to 12noon
Friday

Exhibition: Down t'Pit

05 Oct to 04 Jan 2020 - 10am to 4pm
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Exhibition: Scrum

05 Oct to 18 Jan 2020 - 10am to 4pm
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Meet a Coal Miner

12 Oct 2019 - 10.00 to 16:00

Life as a coal miner

31 Oct 2019 - 10am to 4pm
Thursday

Valuation Day November

01 Nov 2019 - 10am to 12noon
Friday

War heroes to enemies of the state?

14 Nov 2019 - 7pm to 8pm
Thursday

November behind the scenes tour 1

16 Nov 2019 - 1pm to 1.45pm
Saturday

November behind the scenes tour 2

16 Nov 2019 - 2.30pm to 3.15pm
Saturday

Valuation Day December

06 Dec 2019 - 10am to 12noon
Friday

Meet George Stephenson - December

07 Dec 2019 - 10am to 4pm
Saturday

Traditional games days

20 Dec to 21 Dec 2019 - 10am to 4pm
Friday and Saturday

Traditional games day

27 Dec to 28 Dec 2019 - 10am to 4pm
Friday and Saturday


Last updated on 23 August 2019