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Mission Statement

Derby Museums’ mission is to positively affect the way in which Derby is understood, the way in which the city projects itself, and the way in which people from all places are inspired to see themselves as the next generation of innovators, makers and creators. OUR PURPOSE IS TO INSPIRE PEOPLE OF ALL BACKGROUNDS AND INTERESTS TO BECOME PART OF A LIVING STORY OF WORLD-CLASS CREATIVITY, INNOVATION AND MAKING. Our educational programmes and projects are designed to make connections between people and place, past, present and future - inspiring new ideas and innovative ways of working. We aim to work with creativity and passion, and see our heritage and stories as the inspiration for everything we do.


Derby Museums is an independent trust and organisation run for, and on behalf of, the people of Derby. Our collections and the information we hold about them are as unique as our location and history; we are a city continually shaped and driven by creativity and innovation, located in a valley that changed the world.

Our aim as a new organisation is to bring as much of our collections into the public domain as is practically possible and exhibit them in ways that delight and inspire.

We also run education and learning programmes, and hold events and exhibitions with the purpose of sharing knowledge and inspiring creativity and making amongst the people of Derby. As well as schools and student learning, we run many events for adults and groups, as well as families.


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