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We were invited to the official opening of “The Grand Tour” on Friday 18th March, when the guests were welcomed to the sound of Sinfonia Viva a string quartet.

The assembled invited audience were welcomed by the event’s host, Paul Brookes who introduced the three main speakers Tony Butler the Executive Director of the Derby Museum who spoke about Joseph Wright and the lure of Italy which had a lasting influence on his life. He also gave an overview of the forthcoming exhibitions also at the Harley Gallery, the Chatsworth Devonshire collection and the Nottingham Contemporary.

In the introduction of The Duke of Devonshire it was said that without his personal support and that of D2N2 this second season of “The Grand Tour” would not be taking place.

The Duke of Devonshire said it had worked well so far and was delighted that Chatsworth is one of the four venues and they are all building on last year’s success. The range of art on display typifies the wide variety within the area. It is hoped that following last year’s success it will again attract many tourists to ensure its commercial success at all four venues. The website will soon have a string of videos and in summary he said he hopes this is not the last initiative of this kind.

Lady Cobham, who is the Chairman of Visit England, spoke about working in partnership over the past 3 years with Bid England both locally and nationally. Her talk covered a current scheme with the Arts Council and Discover England fund which encourages bids with around £40m to share. So please keep in touch with Visit England. Culture does give income and investment with 40% of tourists visiting our museums during their stay in the country.

Peter Phillips from the Arts Council delved deeper into the local treasure trove and spoke about the artistic and cultural legacy. The Derby Museum is just the tip of the iceberg with much to offer both in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

We would like to thank Derby Museums for the invitation and hope the second grand tour is a success.

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Diary dates:

The Derby Museum & Art Gallery 18th March to 12th June. The Joseph Wright and the lure of Italy plus much more.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

Chatsworth House 19th March to 23rd October. The Grand Tour of the Devonshire Collection.

The Harley Gallery at Welbeck 20th March to 5th June viagra kaufen schweiz. Rose English and Sir Peter Blake

The Nottingham Contemporary 19th March to 26th June. Turner Prize-winner Simon Starling.

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