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Museum looks for Chesterfield’s wedding stories

Chesterfield Museum is asking residents for their stories of love and marriage ahead of a new exhibition this autumn.

The exhibition, Rites of Passage, will be held at the popular Chesterfield Borough Council run attraction from 8 October to 17 January.

It will explore customs relating to birth, marriage and death in the borough’s history as well as telling the stories of first school, first job, first house; the milestones that make us who we are.

As part of the exhibition, the museum is asking for Chesterfield residents to share stories from their own weddings.

Councillor Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for town centre and visitor economy, said: “We have a wonderful variety of objects relating to the rituals around births, marriages and deaths in the stores at Chesterfield Museum but we want to make this exhibition more personal by including the stories of Chesterfield people.

“From wedding stories to help us reminisce about our own special day, stories to bring a lump to the throat and marriages that represent different communities and cultures, we are asking for people to share their stories with us.

Anyone who would like to take part can bring in a photograph from their wedding day along with their stories to the museum on St Mary’s Gate during normal opening times. Staff will also be on hand to help record memories.

They can also email them to

Chesterfield Museum is open each Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Admission is free.

First published on 27 June 2016 Last updated on 07 July 2017