This September, for Heritage Open Days we will be celebrating 200 years of the Sharpe’s family and the creation of the pottery with Museum Tours, Object Handling and the launch of our Voices in the Museum interactive and 360 virtual tour! All of these activities are free to attend!

Museum Tours

Friday 10th September (10am to 2pm), Thursday 16th September (12noon to 5pm) &  Friday 17th September: (10am to 2pm)

During this 45-minute tour our experienced guides will give a fascinating insight into the history of South Derbyshire’s industrial past. You’ll discover stories of Sharpe’s family history, and the significant changes from 19th century coal mining, clay extraction and associated industrial activity, through to a 21st century sustainable landscape led by the creation of The National Forest!

Each tour has a capacity of 12 people and are free for Heritage Open Days. Recommended for adults and children aged 5+). Please note that the tour will visit a number of galleries on different floors.

Drop in Object Handling

Saturday 11th (10 to 4.30pm) & Sunday 19th (10am to 2pm)

Hold history in your hands with objects from the Pottery Museum’s collection. You will find out more about the collection through relaxed, informal conversations. Volunteers will facilitate the object handling linked to South Derbyshire’s industrial past, encourage discussion and answer visitors’ questions. Recommended for adults and children aged 5+.

Voices in the Museum – launch

Visitors of Sharpe’s Pottery Museum can see Victorian children talking to young people from 2021 about their lives in the Pottery Industry and bring their stories to life once again through our new virtual app. Speak to the front of house team to obtain a tablet or download the app on your phone to bring the stories alive!

Walk Through Our Museum – launch

People with a passion for industrial heritage can now enjoy the various displays and exhibitions from Sharpe’s Pottery Museum from the comfort of their own homes. Learn more about the museum and featured stories, objects and more by clicking on the “i” symbol through our free virtual 360-degree building tour.

COVID Information: To ensure a safe and enjoyable visit, face coverings are recommended for the protection of yourself and others, unless you’re exempt. Please be considerate of others – especially in smaller spaces. Hand sanitiser stations can be found throughout the Museum and we recommend washing or sanitising your hands regularly. Please do not visit if you feel unwell or have COVID-19 symptoms.