Goodbye to a gallery favourite

This Sunday (19 February) will be the last chance for visitors to Derby Museum to enjoy the long-standing wildlife gallery, ahead of a section closure and redevelopment.

The Derbyshire Wildlife Gallery has been a popular part of the museum for the last 28 years and includes a cave scene containing rocks and minerals as well as cases of taxidermy depicting local wildlife and fauna.

The exhibition will be replaced by the new Your Place In The World, a project bringing communities together with museum staff to co-curate the collection and represent local people’s lives within a global context.

In making way for the new exhibit architecture and decor in the 19th century part of the museum building is likely to be revealed for the first time in three decades.

Jonathan Wallis, Head of Derby Museum, said: “We know that the gallery is well-loved amongst our visitors but we are keen to reignite the space and ready for the next project at Derby Museums.

“The space is in need of some TLC, some of the interactives no longer work and the majority of the taxidermy specimens are looking a little tired – it’s time the space had a makeover.

“We want to ensure that the visitors have the best experience possible and we’re hoping that a refurbishment of the gallery will do this.”

The museum is open Tuesday – Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sundays between noon and 4pm. Sunday 19 February will be the last day the Derbyshire Wildlife Gallery is open to the public.

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