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16-1-99 to 4-9-99
The World In Miniature at Pickford’s House Museum
Children sized and doll sized toys will be on show, including dolls houses. A display to bring back lots of childhood memories.


3-7-99 to 29-8-99
Objects From A Lifetime at Derby Museum & Art Gallery
An exhibition of craft works commissioned t celebrate a day in the life of some extra-ordinary people. Craft works, whether textiles, glass, ceramics, furniture or jewellery, are unique and special – perfect to mark important events in our lives. This poignant exhibition focuses on the people, of all ages and backgrounds, who have commissioned contemporary craft for a birth, wedding, house move, retirement or death.


3-7-99 to 12-9-99
Cats at Derby Museum & Art Gallery
Find out when Britain’s most popular pet became domesticated, why the Egyptians worshipped them and their role in our lives today. See how cats have affected the language we use and our superstitions. Explore the role of cats in business, literature, art, advertising and science. Popular cat artist Louis Wain’s work will be exhibited, as well as work by local artists, including paintings by Louise Darby and cat sculptures by Phillip Cox and Fiona Fineran.


3-7-99 to 12-9-99
Michael Thomas Bass at Derby Museum & Art Gallery
Michael Thomas Bass MP (1799-1884) was possibly Derby’s greatest benefactor. He served as a Member of Parliament for Derby for 35 years, and generously gave the town its library and Art gallery, first swimming baths and recreation ground. This exhibition commemorates the bicentenary of his birth and examines the life of this remarkable man. It coincides with the 1999 Derby Beer Festival which also celebrates the life of M.T. Bass MP.


6-3-99 to 12-2-00
Fabulous Frocks at Pickford’s House Museum
Stunning evening dresses and accessories from the museum’s collection, dating from the 1950s onwards. The post war impact of new fabrics and fibres created the opportunity for designers to express themselves as never before. This exhibition focuses particularly on the 50s, 60s, and 70s, and the influences that helped to create the fashion of this time.


26-6-99 to 2-9-99
One Man’s Ships at Derby Industrial Museum
Derby may be land-locked, but this hasn’t stopped former sailor Tony Fern from recreating the Royal Navy in miniature. This exhibition features many of Tony’s fine model warships, as well as a selection of his memorabilia from the greatest of ocean liners, the Queen Mary.


22-7-99 1pm
Cats In History at Derby Museum & Art Gallery
Richard Langley, Principle Curator of Collections, will give an illustrated talk about the archaeology and social history of the cat.


24-7-99 to 18-9-99
It Started With A Fish at Pickford’s House Museum
A stunning exhibition of embroidered and beaded felt by innovative textile designer Sarah Lawrence.


10-7-99 to 18-7-99
Communion at St James Church, Malcolm Street, Peartree, Derby
The historic church of St James in Peartree has been redundant since 1993 but will be brought to life when it will become a temporary gallery. Four artists have been commissioned to create work that is a response to the environment in which it is placed. The exhibition will contain work that will effect both sight, smell and sound.
Those who enter will be confronted with Jacob Tindall’s confessional box and Sarah Hicks 100 scented wax doll candles which will slowly melt to the accompaniment of an eerie soundtrack of laughing and crying. Travel further into the church and you will come into contact with Mark Gubb’s text based installation, initially appearing to be a religious story but on closer inspection retells a more contemporary fable of Darth Vadar, Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Finally, Lee Lapthorne has created a large textile hanging imprinted with a powerful photographic image that is complemented by smaller images sighted in key points around the church. The project is part of ‘Derby Sightings’, a program of artworks for non gallery spaces in and around Derby. For further information, contact Nick Slater on (01332) 295934