Pickford House Georgian Museum in Derby, England is filled with Tangible Charm

Pickford House Museum lives with human naturalness as it did years ago. The Brits really know how to create a museum. Enjoy my photos.

My favorite museum of all time...so far.

Why was this my favorite museum? Several reasons. Keep going to find out why.

Pickford House

Antique Dress

Cozy Room

Dining Room

Dining Room

One, I've always wanted to have houses of different periods as museums, not just to look at, but to live in.

Formal Room

Dried Arrangment


30's Dresses

Bodice Display

Two, they were kind to me...you know that makes a BIG difference on one's opinion of a place. The two endearing old guys nicely offered to store my suitcase and bag while I looked around.

Vintage Swimming Suits

Edwardian Dress

Storing Edwardian Dress

This Edwardian dress was being packed up to make room for new displays. It was fascinating to watch this careful procedure.

Tea Set

Mini Theater

Three, there were two bathrooms, a 1930/s and an Edwardian...wonder of wonders, they were for public use. Had I known there was an Edwardian one upstairs, I'd have waited to use that one. I don't photograph many toilets, but this one was a must....decorated porcelain. The only other toilet I've photographed was a very dingy, dirty, broken hole it the floor toilet in a Chinese restaurant. My mother said, "Kari, take a picture." I don't think she thought anyone would believe it otherwise.

Minature Theater

30's Bathroom

Maid's Room

Scrap Rug

I loved this hands on project of being able to add to this rag rug...also a great idea for anyone to try at home.

Fourth, they let me take photos! That's a sure heart winning proposition for me.

Embroidered Shoes

Silk Shoes

Satin Shoes

Pickford House Satin Shoe

Blue Silk Shoes

Fifth, it was free.

Shoe Patens


Antique Camode

Sixth, there were great displays.

Antique Sink

Canopy Bed

Elizabeth Spencer, a curator of the museum in the process of carefully wrapping up an Edwardian dress in tissue paper, graciously smiled and let me take photos of her and the dress. No snooty uppity, uppity museum lady...but a friend, a normal person who could appreciate the fact that she loved her work and was glad someone appreciated it enough to take photos.

Pickford House Bedroom

Dressing Table

Clock made in Derby

Seventh, it was squeaky clean.

Edwardian Bathroom

Edwardian Sink

Seeing her later, before leaving, she greeting once again with a smile and a cheerful, "Have a great holiday," I love REAL people. The world is too full of busy, disconnected robot-like humans only doing their duty and meeting their schedules.

Edwardian Decorated Toliet

Edwardian Tub

Pickford House Hallway

Servant Bells

Servant Bell Pulls

Many super rooms, but the kitchen....ahhhh, the kitchen, really took my breath away. In the basement, long table, big hearth, lots of blue and white dishes...it made me want to sit down and chat with the cook and eat some homegrown vegetables.

Colorful Cozy Kitchen

Blue and White Dishes

Kitchen Fireplace

Roasting Crane over Fireplace

Plate on Low Stand

What is this thing about basement kitchens anyway? (I"m super glad that I have one.)

Copper Collection


Pickford House Supplies

Looking into Pickford House from Garden

Pickford House Window

The laundry room (one of my favorite rooms. ..it even inspired me to want to get my clothes starkly white and clean) smelled that amazingly clean smell of fresh lye soap, with old whites in a basket, big wooden buckets and no one peering over my shoulder...pure bliss and inspirational. I had the room to myself.

Laundry Room Boiler

Laundry Racks

Clothes Rack

Laundry Tubs with Water

Laundry Press

How’s this for getting things pressed? Who need electricity anyway?

Laundry Room

Crowning the glory out from under three brick arches was the manicured formal garden. Just perfect tucked away in between the tall walls and roofs.

Doorway from Garden

Arches by Garden

Arch by Garden

Back of Pickford House

Formal Garden

Enjoy the photos as I enjoyed seeing this place and taking them. (I know, I know...I got a little carried away taking photos..)

Pickford House Gardens

Garden through Window

Garden View

Garden Flower

Greenery over Door

I couldn't find the Pickford House at first. On the corner of the street is an old upkept house. I thought this was the place and tried all the doors, even sat on the step to sort out the map. Apparently, a foot doctor owns this and keeps it authentic. It's for sale. I'd love to buy it.

Garden Greens

Green in Garden

Paneled Window

Plantings in Garden

Tree in Garden

Door from Garden

I grew up watching WW II movies...my brother was really into WW II and he often won the "what shall we watch" battles. I've often wondered what one of the British bomb shelters looked like in person. Well, I finally got to see one preserved and stocked with storage and supplies. I could almost hear the sirens.

World War II Bomb Shelter

Bomb Shelter/Storage Room

Now, doesn't that just make you want to chuck all modern conveniences and move into the Pickford House?

When in Derby, England in the British Midlands....Pickford House...put in on your "must see list."

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