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About us

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The museum, which shares its historic premises with the Royal Crown Derby factory, is independently run by the Royal Crown Derby Museum Charitable Trust. It is the charity’s mission to

Celebrate and share the stories and experiences associated with Royal Crown Derby to awaken curiosity, inspire creativity, encourage innovation, and to transform people’s relationships to ceramics. 

The Royal Crown Derby Story began in about 1750 when Andrew Planche established the first china works in Derby. The story continues today at our Osmaston Road site Explore some of our history here....



Our museum has a collection of over 3,500 items of porcelain mostly made in Derby, many with fascinating stories or illustrating changes in style and taste. For instance, the plate pictured to the left was designed by surrealist artist Salvador Dali.


Working with partners in Derby and beyond we are always interested in using our collections as a catalyst for creativity.

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