Erewash Museum is a free local and social history museum located off the High Street, Ilkeston. Home for the Museum is Dalby House, a late Georgian and Victorian family home. It has had many lives over the years as a home for families in the lace trade, a surgery and home for a Victorian doctor and school before becoming a museum in the 1980's.
Many original features survive, from beautiful stained glass to historic fireplaces, and visitors can enjoy the garden with unrivalled views across the Erewash Valley.
The Museum regularly hosts events, such as the popular Swing Back to the 40s day, Motorcycle Exhibition and the Charter Fair Day.
Regular free school holiday activities are always on offer including themed weeks such as Lego Week, Fun History, Wildlife, and Science. Every summer we host the popular Beach, for seaside fun right here in Ilkeston town centre. During the Christmas season look out for Santa Claus, craft fayres and general holiday fun.
We offer free crafts and activities for children most holiday days from 11am-3pm and some special events with a charge. Please call or visit the Museum website for more details.
Exhibitions available within the Museum include the Victorian Kitchen, the 1950s Sweetshop, the School room, World at War Gallery, Stanton Ironworks Gallery and the Mining Room. We have regular temporary exhibitions on local history and art in our Lally Gallery and Hayloft space. In our garage is our Fordson Tractor, a newly restored classic car. The Ilkeston Roll of Honour is kept here, which lists everyone from Ilkeston that was lost in wars and conflicts from 1914 to the present day. Take a look at the online version here at Erewash Borough Ilkeston Roll of Honour. The Long Eaton Roll of Honour is available from this Royal British Legion website.
Our Hayloft space, above the new Stables exhibition, is a fantastic place for school workshops, meetings and evening and weekend events. Also available for hire, please contact us for details.
Our lovely volunteers also run a tea room, serving hot teas and coffees, cold drinks and snacks, sandwiches, cakes, children's lunches and ice creams. Open 11am-3pm when the Museum is open. If you are interested in volunteering in the tea room or for any other role, please get in touch.
Tuesday 10am - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm
Please note last admission at 3.30pm. The tea room operate from 11am to 3pm every day when the museum is open. There are extended opening hours during selected school holidays, usually with extra opening on Monday and Wednesday, 10am-4pm
School visits are available Monday to Friday during school hours. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Special openings for groups are available by prior arrangement. Send us an enquiry about the Museum using this web form.
Records and Archives:
Derbyshire County Council provide the archive service for Derbyshire, Derby City and the Diocese of Derby. They hold a vast collection of original archive material relating to the county, which you can access for free in their search room in Matlock.
Visit the Record Office website for more information.