Adopt an object launch to help fund family activities at Derbyshire museums

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Charles Hanson is supporting the Adopt-an-Object campaign by choosing a Derbyshire Blue John fluorite paperweight with a golden shilling from 1826.

More than 30 objects on display in the Civic Hall of the Derby’s Museum of Making can be adopted.

Auctioneer Charles Hanson, of Bargain Hunt on TV, has become one of the first people to support the Derby Museums’ Adopt an Object initiative. Etwall-based antiques expert Charles chose the Derbyshire Blue John fluorite paperweight with a golden shilling from 1826.

Charles, Derby Museums Ambassador, said: “From an object’s creation to its provenance, a work of art’s journey continues and I am delighted to adopt an object at the Museum of Making. The museum captures the essence of Derby and our passion for history and I am proud to be a part of it.

Also on the list is an unusual salt-glazed stoneware pitcher, designed to present the drinker with a puzzle of how to pour the contents without spilling anything. Other items include everything from a flat iron to a porcelain Derby poodle.

Each can be adopted in different price ranges, starting at £ 30, and can be adopted by a number of different people. All adopters receive a digital image of their item, a digital certificate, and adoption recognition featured next to the item on the Derby Museums from Home microsite.

Sally Hawley, Collections Manager at Derby Museums, said: “Supporting adoptees will help us continue to make history and inspire the creators of tomorrow.

“Adopting an object is the perfect gift for lovers of the story in your life. Whether you are looking for an unusual birthday or Christmas present or a literally historic gift, there should be something for everyone.

Derby Museums is an independent charitable trust which operates three city museums, the Museum and Art Gallery, Pickford House and the New Museum of Manufacturing at Derby Silk Mill and owns and curates all art and collections they contain, including the world’s largest collection of paintings by Joseph Wright of Derby,


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