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Museum puts town’s black and white buildings in the spotlight

photo of some of Chesterfield's historic black and white buildings

Visitors to Chesterfield Museum can find out about the history of the town's black and white buildings in a new exhibition.

The exhibition runs at the popular Chesterfield Borough Council run attraction from Monday 18 January to Saturday 12 March.

Chesterfield town centre has nearly 50 black and white buildings, most of which were built in the 1920s and 1930s. Knifesmithgate is perhaps the most striking series of black and white buildings in the town.

This exhibition explores the story behind them. 

On display are objects associated with some of the well known black and white buildings in the town, for example Swallows, John Turner's, the Co-op and the former Picture House on Holywell Street (now the Winding Wheel).

Councillor Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield Borough Council's cabinet member for town centre and visitor economy, said: "Along with the Crooked Spire, the black and white buildings are some of the most iconic around Chesterfield town centre.

"This is a chance for visitors to the museum to find out more about their history and have a go at designing their own black and white buildings."

The inspiration for the exhibition came from Janet Murphy, who has given many talks on the subject and developed a trail around the town. She has also developed a website

First published on 13 January 2016 Last updated on 31 October 2016