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Bakewell Old House Museum New Season Opens with Exciting Exhibition

Bowls in a Fragile World, an installation by artist Debra Shipley

Following the winter closure, Bakewell Old House Museum re-opens its doors for the 2023 season. Locals and Bakewell visitors can explore 500 years of Bakewell stories from 25 March at the award-winning museum.

This year, the main exhibition is called Bowls in a Fragile World, an installation by artist Debra Shipley, who explores the fragility of our man-made world, the delicate nature of our existence, and our responsibilities for the natural world.

Debra’s thought-provoking and beautiful three-dimensional works and photographs are in marked contrast to the environmental challenges the world community faces. She knows the Peak District well, being a very keen walker, and this Peak connection features in the exhibition.

Artist Debra Shipley reflects on her exhibition, “My aim is to present art which is both beautiful and thought provoking. I have focussed on the basic form of the food bowl, a shape universally recognised, which I have used to symbolise human need. Each paper bowl is unique and every one of them is polluted with a fragment of plastic, a fleck of laminate or a chemical leftover from the printing process. I made them from junk mail, used envelopes, packaging and plant materials.”

Mark Copley, Museum Manager, adds, “Having seen Debra’s work at Norwich Cathedral, I have witnessed the beauty, fragility and impact of her art and can’t wait for visitors to immerse themselves within the installation at the museum.”

As well as the new exhibition, the museum will be offering town tours once more (approximately 1½h duration) ideal for locals and visitors who can join a tour and then visit museum afterwards at a reduced rate. Keep an eye out for the Ghost Tours later on in the year!

For further details, booking as well as details about group and school visits, visit: The museum is open 25 March – 5 November and for other event days.


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