Derby Museums has launched its brand new microsite, Derby Museums from Home, making new online content accessible throughout the lockdown.

The hashtag, #MuseumFromHome, first emerged on social media in March as museums around the world were forced to close in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. It has since grown to become a global phenomenon with museums near and far taking to the web to showcase their collections digitally and engage with their audiences in all manner of creative and innovative ways.

In response, Derby Museums has now created its very own Derby Museums from Home microsite, which will make exciting new content accessible throughout the lockdown, including an impressive selection of videos and podcasts.

Visitors can take a virtual tour of past exhibitions; explore Sound Cloud pieces created for the Nature gallery; or listen to curator interviews behind-the-scenes. More content will be added over the coming weeks including videos, blogs and audio recordings focussed on museum objects, collections and activities.

Hannah Fox, Director of Programmes and Projects at Derby Museums, said:

“With so many of us shut inside or social distancing, the need to connect and stay in touch with our communities is stronger than ever. People are missing their cultural institutions just as we are missing them, and we want to continue the dialogue between us, sharing stories and ideas to help enrich all of our lives at this difficult time”.

“This new microsite will help us do just that. Now you can ‘museum’ from anywhere and we will be sharing all sorts of playful, surprising and quirky content over the coming months to keep people engaged, learning and having fun until our doors can re-open”.

Connected to the museums’ main website, the microsite is now live here.

Online content posted here will also be shared across Derby Museums’ Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube accounts.