Global Derbyshire in 10 Objects

How did Derbyshire play a role in the rise of Indian nationalism in the early twentieth century? Did you know that the people of Derby paid for some of the scientific instruments that accompanied Captain Scott on his doomed voyage to the South Pole? What can a cotton reel tell us about Derbyshire’s relationship to slavery? How are artists and makers continuing to develop the collections held in Derbyshire?

This series of ten mini podcasts looks at how objects in the collections of Derby Museums, Derby Local Studies and Family History Library and Derbyshire Record Office can be the start of larger stories and honest conversations about our past, present and future. Through themes of exploration, exploitation and Empire, we will discover how these collections connect the local to the global, and how they continue to shape our city and county.

The ten minute podcasts are available to listen to below throughout the Being Human festival:



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Being Human Festival 2020

The 7th annual Being Human Festival takes place between 12-22 November with the theme of ‘New Worlds’, perfectly timed to reflect on the radical global changes of 2020. The free multi-city festival showcases how humanities researchers work every day on issues that shape the world that we live in.

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This event is part of the Being Human festival, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities, taking place 12-22 November. Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. Further information is available at