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  • Derby Carthedral

    by derwenter Written Apr 9, 2005

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    The tower (Second highest in England) was built 1511-1532, The remainder was replaced in 1723 to a design by James Gibbs. The cathedral was originally All Saints church, It became Derby Cathedral in 1927 and was extended to designs by Sir Ninian and Sebastian Comper.

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    History of Chelsea Porcelian

    by Imbi Updated Dec 16, 2003

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    In 1770 Duesbury bought Derby? leading rival, the Chelsea Porcelian Factory in London. This gave him a base in capital and wealthy customers. He ran his business from two sites in Derby and London, until the Chelsea works was demolished in 1784. Duesbury?s products from his period are today called Chelsea Derby because we don?t know exactly how production was split between the two cites.

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    The Guildhall

    by Imbi Written Dec 16, 2003

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    The Guildhall with its high clock tower dates from 1845 and at one time housed the Council Chamber and police cells. These Police cells were dark, chilly tunnel. Prisoners used to be kept in those cells and one of the known prisoners who was kept here was Alice Wheeldon.

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    Council House

    by Imbi Written Dec 16, 2003

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    Council House building is one of very impressive buildings in Derby city. Located next to Market Place on Corporation Street, this building is the offices for people who are working for a better Derby. The council has been working on the mission to make Derby city amongst the top ten city of Great Britain

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    Costume of porcelain modeller

    by Imbi Written Dec 16, 2003

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    The Derby Museum and Art Gallery also exhibits the costume of porcelain modeller. This costume gives you an idea about how a porcelain modeller used to look like two hundreds year ago. I tried that costume on but unfortunately there was no one available at the moment of time to capture the photo of a modern porcelain modeller.

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    Paint a plate

    by Imbi Written Dec 16, 2003

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    There is a space available for people to draw the pattern of Derby Porcelain. The Derby Porcelain Factory kept all the records of its tea services and table wares. There is a table and chair provided in The Derby Museum and Art Gallery with pencil and paper to copy the pattern. Obviously it was a bit boring for me but still I tried few minutes to create/copy few patterns.

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    Ancient logboat

    by Imbi Written Dec 16, 2003

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    In 1998, workmen at Hanson’s Shardlow quarry found what appeared to be a hollowed-out tree trunk with stones inside. Archaelogists called to the scene identified it as an ancient logboat. Radiocarbon dating has shown the boat and causeway to be from 1440-1310 BC. This period is called Middle Bronze age and it was one of the earliest boat found in Europe.

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    Paintings of Joseph Wright

    by Imbi Written Dec 16, 2003

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    There are very valuable paintings of Joseph Wright in the Derby Museum and Art Gallery. Joseph Wright (1734-97) of Derbyshire was a pioneer in the artistic treatment of industrial subjects. He was also the best European painter of artificial light of his day.

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    Market Place

    by Imbi Written Dec 16, 2003

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    Derby Market Place has this fruit and vegetable market for cheap and fresh stuff. There are many stalls for customers selling not just fruit and vegetable but also cheese and groceries, I am not sure about the days but it was Thursday morning so I presume that it’s a weekday market.

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    World War II

    by Imbi Written Dec 16, 2003

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    In the middle of The Market Place there is a statue of a woman holding a small baby in her arms. This statue has been dedicated to all those people who lost their lives during the World War II. During my visit it was surrounded by open air market stalls and cars.

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    The RB211

    by Imbi Written Dec 16, 2003

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    The RB211 is a large jet engine which was built to power wide bodies airliners such as the Lockheed Tristar and Boeing 747, 757 and 767. A prototype RB211 jet engine is also in the museum. The massive engine is the main item of the museum, there are literatures are available as well which explain the functionality of engine.

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    Derby Museum

    by Imbi Written Dec 16, 2003

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    There are very valuable collection of Derby chinaware and paintings in the Derby Museum and Art Gallery. The chinaware collections are displayed with their period, type and variety. In last few years money have been spend to protect his valuable heritage. There are three floors of The Derby Museum and Art Gallery, first floor is mainly Derby porcelain, second floor is about archaeology and the third floor is about the paintings.

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    Derby porcelain

    by Imbi Written Dec 16, 2003

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    Derby porcelain is one of the best in the country and it has a long history of popularity. There is a section in The Derby Museum and Art Gallery for the collection of Chelsea Derby. The Chelsea work is very historical and very popular all around the world. The history of porcelain Chelsea work is spread on hundreds of years. Still there are companies who offer Chelsea porcelain work

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    Derby Cathedral

    by Imbi Written Dec 16, 2003

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    When in the early nineteenth century population of England started growing rapidly and all small towns had started taken shape of cities, it has been decided to make big churches to Cathedral. In 1927 All Saints' Church in Derby became Derby Cathedral. All Saints' Church is believed to be established by King Edmund in 943AD.

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    Railway centre

    by Imbi Written Dec 16, 2003

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    Derby is world famous as a railway centre. In Derby Industrial Museum you could see the development of carriages, locomotives and signalling. You could also experience the driverýs eye view of a train journey here. Unfortunately it was not working when I was there.

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