We are very pleased to announce that a date has been confirmed by staff at Horizons Sixth Form for our upcoming exhibition. Our “Grand Opening” is scheduled for Friday 20th September, the day before Derby County are due to play Leeds United at Elland Road. It’s an exciting day all-round for Rams fans and we hope that a good number of you can make it to our opening. Horizons is located on the balcony of the Guildhall Market, up the stairs near the Osnabruck Square entrance. Lifts are available here and at the Market Place entrance.
At the opening we will be joined by some of the Club Ambassadors and, hopefully, Rams fan and poet Jamie Thrasivoulou. The opening is scheduled for 11.30am to 14.30pm as this will allow the students at Horizons to join us after their morning lessons. The students’ presence at our opening is imperative given the nature of our exhibition, as it has been produced and installed in cohesion with the school. Refreshments will be available for our opening.
For those who are unable to make it to our Grand Opening, the exhibition will be open Monday to Friday, 9am to 3pm.
Working with Horizons
Students themselves have helped prepare the exhibition space as part of their work experience. They have also assisted in the installation of objects from The Derby County Collection, ensuring that they are both secure and aesthetically pleasing for our visitors. As well as helping with the physical elements of our exhibition, however, students have also produced a collaborative artwork which is to be displayed alongside our wealth of significant Derby County memorabilia. We hope that the students’ work can demonstrate the inspirational power of football and its ability to encourage creativity within the local community.
Our display will consist of a number of different objects from the Collection, including programmes, travel itineraries, signed footballs, photographs, pennants and a number of quirky relics from The Baseball Ground. We are also pleased to confirm that The Phil Lowe Collection will be providing some shirts from his incredible collection of authentic match-worn Derby County strips. We have been able to obtain five shirts from the collection, ranging different periods of the Club’s history. This includes shirts from the 1968/9 Second Division Championship-winning season, the golden era of 1971-5 and the vibrant ’80s and ’90s shirts from the Baseball Ground era.
The exhibition will be open to the public on weekdays and occasional Saturdays (see Twitter and our website for further information about Saturday openings). You can sign up to our Eventbrite page to register your interest and find out more by clicking here. The exhibition lasts until the end of December when students break-up for their Christmas holidays.
If you would like to sponsor our event, which will include a special mention on the introductory panel within the gallery, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. We rely on donations and public support to keep us going and your help is very much appreciated.