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





Piano





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





Cabinet





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





Pantry





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."

PICKFORD'S HOUSE MUSEUM
41 Friar Gate
Derby, DE1 1DA
Phone: (01332) 255363


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