Festival tickets now on sale for events at Derby Museums

1st March 2018

More Festival events go on sale today (1 March) at 9am.  This time tickets are available for events to be hosted at Derby Museum & Art Gallery.  We’ll have more to be announced soon at Déda and then the bumper crop of events when we launch our programme on 12 April.

Saturday 2 June
Paddington’s Adventure: Museum Sleepover
7pm – 8am (Sunday)
Museum & Art Gallery
£26.50 per person (10% discount for Derby Museums Family Membership)

For 7 – 12s
All children must be accompanied by an adult.  Max. ratio of 2 children to 1 adult.

After last year’s sell out event, here’s your chance to spend the night at the Museum in the company of Paddington Bear as he takes you on his world tour.  There’ll be a packed programme of fun activities and games.

At the end of the evening you can watch the new Paddington film before a bedtime story and lights out!  Enjoy sunrise and a Paddington Breakfast before heading home.

To book, use the hyperlink to Eventbrite in the title.

Saturday 2 June
James Hamilton on Gainsborough
12noon – 1pm
Museum & Art Gallery

Thomas Gainsborough lived as if electricity shot through his sinews and crackled at his finger ends.   James Hamilton reveals Gainsborough in his many contexts: the easy-going Suffolk lad, transported to the heights of fashion by a natural talent; a gentle and empathetic family man, whose volatility could lead him to slash his paintings; the rake-on-the-make in London; the charming and amusing friend of royalty; the top society-portrait painter in Bath and London who earned huge sums by bringing the right people into his studio.

James Hamilton’s Gainsborough: A Portrait transforms our understanding of this fascinating man and the century that bore him.

To book, use the hyperlink to Eventbrite in the title.

Wednesday 6 June
The Curious World of Samuel Pepys & John Evelyn

2 – 3pm
Museum & Art Gallery

Pepys and Evelyn are two pivotal Restoration figures and the most celebrated English diarists.  They were also extraordinary men and close friends with shared interests: diary-keeping, science travel and a love of books.  Pepys was earthy and shrewd, Evelyn a genteel aesthete but both were drawn to intellectual pursuits.    Margaret Willes revisits the history of London and England at a time of regicide, revolution, fire and plague.

To book, use the hyperlink to Eventbrite in the title.

Wednesday 6 June
In partnership with Lunar 21
Science, Art, & Gender:  challenging the barriers!
6 – 7.30pm
Museum & Art Gallery

£7: Adults / £5: Students

Patricia Fara is an author and historian of science at the University of Cambridge. Her areas of particular academic interest include the role of portraiture and art in the history of science, science in the 18th century England during the Enlightenment and the role of women in science.

Taking themes from her work she will explore some of today’s challenging issues, which have a strong resonance for the future of Derby’s economic and educational institutions and for local employment.

The café will be open until 6pm for refreshments.

To book, use the hyperlink to Eventbrite in the title.

Meet the Author Events for Schools

Today is World Book Day (1 March) and we are announcing our Meet the Author events for school children.  Many schools will be enjoying book related activities and events throughout the day so we hope the announcement will enthuse them even more about books and reading!

Each year we invite every primary school in the city to join us in Derby Theatre and this year we will have two events for primary school pupils as well as two events for secondary school pupils.

This year secondary school Year 7s will be meeting Christopher Edge and Year 9 & 10 students will be welcoming Young Adult author, Patrice Lawrence at the University of Derby, where she will be interviewed by pupils from Bemrose School.

Christopher Edge, who was a huge success last year at the Meet the Author event for secondary school pupils, will also join us for the Primary Schools’ Meet the Author event for Years children in Derby Theatre.  Christopher’s novels have a science theme and his third novel, The Infinite Worlds of Maisie Day is published in April, just in time for the event.

For years 2, 3 & 4 we will welcome poet Rachel Rooney, whose poems have been published in several anthologies.  In 2011 her collection The Language of Cat won the CLPE Poetry Award and was long-listed for the Carnegie Medal and My Life as a Goldfish was shortlisted for the CLiPPA 2015. Her next collection will be called A Kid in My Class.

Joanna Cannon Event, 12 March – cancelled

We are very sorry that, due to Joanna’s illness, she has been forced to cancel her pre-Festival event, which was scheduled for 12 March.  QUAD are contacting all ticket holders to inform them and let them know the arrangements for a refund.

Tickets selling well for events 
We are delighted that ticket sales are selling well for all the events on sale to date.  We sold over 100 tickets in the first three days for our Opening Event with Ken Clarke in conversation with Alan JohnsonRobert Winston, Germaine Greer and The Bookshop Band with Louis de Bernières, Joanne Harris and Emma Hooper are also selling strongly.  Just hate you to miss out on tickets …!

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31 May – 8 June 2019

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