The Collection

The museum collection is comprised of a small but varied collection of artefacts, including prehistoric stone and antler tools, textiles, geological specimens and items relating to domestic social history and local customs and traditions of Wirksworth.

There is a small body of material relating to the tape weaving industry, reflecting Wirksworth’s role as a major centre for the weaving of tape (including the famous ‘red tape’ that circulated around the British Empire) and an interesting collection of artefacts and ephemera reflecting the town’s connections with George Eliot. The collection includes a variety of items illuminating local silk and velvet production, together with material belonging to Samuel Evans.  Ellen McArthur’s oilskins are one of the more contemporary items in the collection (from McArthur’s solo sailing navigation of the globe in 2005.)

The museum collection is currently being stored off-site during the major building project, and is not accessible to the public, except for by request only or in small scale displays off site, such as in the local library.