Royal Crown Derby Museum: R&D Project
Royal Crown Derby is widely considered to be the oldest English porcelain manufacturer, dating back 268 years to the earliest days of the Industrial Revolution, when the Midlands city of Derby was at the centre of a rapid process of innovation in manufacturing and design that was to change the world. The Royal Crown Derby Museum is an independent charitable trust which holds the most comprehensive collection of Derby Porcelain anywhere in the world – but the collection is currently underused and undervalued, and there has been a lack of significant investment in recent years.
Royal Crown Derby has recently come under new ownership and the Board of Trustees has commissioned NEA to work alongside staff and stakeholders to undertake research and development work into partnership building and engagement, with the aim of re-positioning the Museum – and Royal Crown Derby as a brand – more centrally in the cultural life of Derby.
The project will explore the potential for the Museum to work with partners to enrich the lives of local people and visitors in a variety of ways. This will include scoping out opportunities for developing creative practice and undertaking research projects involving innovative usage of the collection and archives. The project will move the organisation towards a more sustainable footing, including through maximising earned income and grants and exploring the scope for closer collaborative working with other cultural and heritage organisations in the City.