Buxton Museum and Art Gallery
Terrace Road, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 6DA
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Based in the centre of the historic spa town of Buxton in the Peak District, the museum holds a collection largely related to the archaeology, social history and geology of the area, including a small, but significant World Cultures collection, some of which once formed part of the Derbyshire School Library Service.
The museum has been engaged in a repatriation programme to return significant pieces from the Native American and First Nations collection to home communities. This includes potlatch material from Haida Gwaii, examples clothing and shoes with beaded decoration from the Plains Indians and Cree, and basket work by the Akimel O’odham. There is also a significant collection of Inuit material that is part of the remaining permanent collection, and which compliments the Franklin Archive at the Derbyshire Record Office.
Please contact the museum well in advance of your visit to ensure that access to collections is possible.
HIGHLIGHTS (Images copyright of Buxton Museum and Art Gallery)
Walrus ivory toggle in the shape of a seal. Yup’ik Inuit, Alaska, late 19th century
Tupilak carved from a sperm whale tooth. Kalaallit Inuit, Greenland, mid-20th century
Marine ivory carving of an Inuit seal hunter, early 20th century. From Hebron, Labrador, Canada