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What's On

What's On

Chesterfield Museum offers events throughout the year, from living history to valuation days, crafts to behind the scenes tours and everything in between.

Unfortunately, during the pandemic the museum has not been able to offer its usual programme of events but during closure we developed our digital offer and were able to deliver a virtual programme instead.

Don’t worry if you missed any of our reenactor videos we posted on Facebook as most of them are still available on our website and can be viewed through YouTube.

As part of the VE Day celebrations, we looked at what life was really like as a World War Two soldier in a series of videos which explore their uniform, weapons and kit.

Our Medieval Fun Day went virtual and the highlight was a medieval executioner telling tales of medieval crime and punishment including hanging, mutilation and decapitation! We also learnt how and why a knight would dress for battle in the late 15th century with our fantastic Arming the Knight video.

Life on the Home Front taught us about evacuation, rationing and make do and mend and links in nicely with our 'Put That Light Out' Exhibition which is currently on at Chesterfield Museum. We also learnt about spies and sabotage from our Special Operations Executive who described life as a secret agent in the Second World War.

We heard the fabulous story of Florence Nightingale, her time at the Scutari Hospital during the Crimean War and learned how she changed the role of nursing forever.

Another famous local lady we explored was Bess of Hardwick and how she became one of the wealthiest women of the Tudor ages.  

To celebrate International Women's Day we explored some influential local ladies including Violet Markham, Emma Miller and Winifred Jones and discovered the lengths the suffragette's went to in their quest for equal votes for women.

Our latest videos have been created as part of the Heritage Open Days on their theme of ‘Edible England. We explore The History of Tea and its Georgian origins and see how and why it became the nation's favourite brew. We also look at Life on a Victorian Farm and learn how the Victorian farmer and his wife lived a self-sustainable life through milking, butter making and shepherding.

For our younger visitors who usually enjoy craft and story time events at the museum, we have provided lots of crafts and activities which children can do at home and a series of audio clips of popular children’s stories read by one of our staff.

We are delighted that we have been able to run some off site store tours and visitors have been able to see how we care for the objects in our collections and how we know exactly where they are when we need them.

This summer saw us bring Chesterfield Museum out into the Town Centre with our ’Museum on the Move’ events which focused on specific periods in history. It was great to meet you all and showcase objects from our education boxes.

We have loved being able to welcome visitors back into the museum and look forward to being able to host further physical events at the museum soon. We try to deliver a varied events programme with something for everyone including craft activities, science events and re-enactors depicting different periods in history. If you have any ideas for future events or activities please contact us as we would love to hear from you.

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Last updated on 30 December 2021