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- The Museum tells the Story of Chesterfield, from its beginnings as a Roman fort on Ryknield Street to the building of the ‘Crooked Spire’ Church and its growth as a market town. The Museum also reflects the town’s important industrial heritage, tracing the development of coal mining and local industries. Chesterfield’s most famous Victorian resident, George Stephenson, the ‘Father of the Railways’ is also featured. There are ‘Discovery Spots’ around the Museum with hands on activities from weighing fruit at a shop counter from the early 20th Century, trying on a coal miner’s helmet, having a go at using a mangle and creating rubbings of old coins. Children can follow a trail around the Museum and make discoveries of their own, then add pictures to the Your Gallery display. The Museum has a changing programme of major temporary exhibitions with related hands on activities, and a full events programme including living history, crafts, behind the scenes tours and lots more. Scroll down the page for the latest selection of events. The First Floor Gallery houses a range of exhibitions and around once a year it features the work of Joseph Syddall from Old Whittington, once described as 'the best draughtsman in England'. Syddall was asked to illustrate Thomas Hardy's novel 'Tess of the D'Urbevilles' when it appeared in the Graphic Magazine.