This is a charming and very interesting museum. The house is of interest to anyone keen on vernacular architecture. Downstairs, atmospheric beamed rooms are preserved in their original layout, with wattle and daub partitions and open fireplaces. They even have a rare Tudor toilet! Another section of the lower floor of the house is displayed as a Victorian mill worker's cottage, including a Victorian kitchen scene, scullery and wash-house. In addition to the building itself they have an extensive collection built up from the generosity of local people and their contacts, including: an comprehensive textile collection, including lace, samplers, embroideries and elegant costumes; historical toys and fine local Ashford marble.
In The Industrial Gallery the visitor can learn about local Bakewell's industrial history in the newest addition to the museum. You can explore their collection of local trades, including cobblers, woodworker's, blacksmiths as well as discover the story of DP Battery, who were a major employer in the town until the plants' controversial closure in the 1970s. In addition there is a stunning sculptural interpretation of Arkwright's mill wheel. Blue badge holders are welcome to park on the museum forecourt. The museum has uneven floors on various levels, which may prove difficult for less abled visitors. Wheelchair ramps are available on the ground floor.
Location : Cunningham Place, Off North Church Street, Bakewell, DE45 1DD
Transport: Hathersage (National Rail) then bus. Bus Routes : 2, 177 and 178 stop near by.
Opening Times : Daily 11:00 to 18:00
Tickets : Adults £4.00; Children (5 - 16) £2.00
Tel: 01629 813642