This gorgeous Georgian townhouse in Derby was home to and designed by Joseph Pickford (1734-82), telling the story of the Enlightenment architect and domestic life in centuries gone by.

The dining, drawing and morning rooms, bedroom and dressing room at Pickford's House are presented as they might have been when Joseph Pickford and his family lived there. These beautifully preserved period rooms give an insight into domestic life as it would have been in the 18th and 20th centuries, and there is even an air raid shelter to explore.

Life below stairs is illustrated by the reconstructed kitchen and laundry, cellar, pantry and housekeeper's cupboard. Other highlights include the museum's excellent collection of historic costumes and textiles and the French parterre-inspired symmetrical gardens. On the top floor of the house lives the magical toy theatre room, where you can see exquisite set-models of Sleeping Beauty, Treasure Island, Little Red Riding Hood and more.


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Pickford's House Museum and Garden

Free to all

41 Friar Gate, Derby, Derbyshire, DE1 1DA

01332 641901

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Opening times

Tues – Sat 10am – 5pm

For Bank Holiday and Christmas opening times please check the website


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