• April 4, 2020 - April 13, 2020
  • 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wirksworth

Imagine visiting a museum while out shopping. Fifteen shops in the ancient market town of Wirksworth, Derbyshire, will host unique displays of objects, clothes and photographs that tell the stories of its shops from Victorian ironmongers to an 80’s record shop.

Each shop is converting one of its windows to a mini exhibition gallery, featuring a display of a type of shop that used to be on the same premises.

Visitors to the town can explore the prize-winning milk churns of Marsden’s Agricultural Suppliers, the bottles of Charles Wright’s wine and spirits merchant, and recipe books for medicines in Payne’s the Chemists. All are businesses that were founded in the 1700s!

Blitz 1980’s record shop window will be recreated in Sour Cow café, and the 70’s styles of Hilton’s Shoe Shop in Traid Links. Displays of wartime clothes and sweets will appear, as well as radios, TVs and video recorders from the 1930s to 1970s. The window of Le Mistral may remind visitors of the Two Ronnies’ Four Candles sketch.

The Street Museum launches on the 4th April at Wirksworth Farmers’ Market with a promenade performance by Rob Stamper, the bard of Middleton, of poetry inspired by Wirksworth’s historic shops, and runs until Monday 13th April. Wirksworth Book Day is on Sunday 5th April. The museum is free and there is a trail to accompany it.

The project is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Wirksworth Town Council and Longcliffe Quarry Ltd. It is a New Opportunities Wirksworth initiative, working to regenerate Wirksworth town and the surrounding area.


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