White Peak Dark Peak

The first Collections in the Landscape exhibition: White Peak Dark Peak opened last Friday. Objects, paintings and photographs from the soft curves of the White Peak are contrasted with those from the gritty angles of the Dark peak. All of the exhibits are from BMAG’s collections except for Ancient Landscapes; a stunning piece of artwork by Stone and Water Artists Collective. Check it out at ancientlandscapes.blogspot.co.uk. We took the exhibition opening as an opportunity to have a little party. We invited the volunteers, partners and BMAG’s Friends group to celebrate all the hard work that’s been done on the project so far.


The exhibition is on until 22 February 2014 so if you tire of turkey and tinsel, why not pay us a visit? There’s even a chance to express your own view on the Derbyshire landscape, your words may become part of the permanent museum display one day. Here’s a selection of exhibits to whet your appetite:

DERSB 2005.3.163

Thor’s Cave Station photograph around 1930 by  J.W. Jackson

The [Manifold Valley railway] line passes through some of the most beautiful scenery in the world!

Tramway and Railway World 14th July 1904 (the line closed in 1934) 

LL8A1311Pair of lady’s shoes

Diamante and ribbon buckle detail above pierced work, retailed by Harris and Son, 16 Spring Gardens, Buxton, from around the 1930s.

DERSB 2007.79

Overexposed print, 2006 by Rod Holt

Across the high plateaux of the Dark Peak are the remains of wrecks of several aircraft, mostly from the Second World War. Pilots from both sides were caught out by the low cloud base and because they were reliant on altimeters which proved unreliable and inaccurate.


Joe, Anna and Jess sampled the buffet at the opening of the exhibition and reflected on the project so far. I’m sure my team mates will join me in wishing you a happy Christmas. If you are thinking of visiting us, you are very welcome but keep an eye on the weather. Here is a reminder of what the highest town in England can look like in the winter (and sometimes the Spring!)



Board collection

All the photos in this blog are the property of Derbyshire County Council. If you wish to duplicate any of them for any purpose, please drop us a line at buxton.museum@derbyshire.gov.uk first.


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  1. Pingback: What Does the Derbyshire Landscape Mean to You? | Collections in the Landscape

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