The Museum of Me


Create your own cabinet of curiosities to keep small items in and learn how to conserve them for future generations!

The Gell family archive at the Derbyshire Record Office contain letters, diaries and other material relating to the polar explorer Sir John Franklin, his wife Jane, and his daughter Eleanor, who married into the Gell family. Within the archive is a small collection of mementoes from around the world. In 2019, a crowdfunding campaign enabled Derbyshire Record Office to catalogue, package and photograph these objects.

In this artist-led workshop, we will learn about Lady Jane’s collection, make our own cabinet of curiosities from household items and learn how to look after our museums from Derbyshire Record Office conservators.

Moon and mountains

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