X-rated show at museum?

Objects that don’t often see the light of day are part of a new exhibition at Derbyshire County Council’s Buxton Museum and Art Gallery.

A picture made from hundreds of dead butterflies, a basket made from an armadillo – complete with claws and hair – and a blood-stained cut-throat razor from the Derbyshire Police Collection are among the works in Exhibition X.

They are all part of the museum’s collection but hardly ever go on display.

This may be because the item is too explicit, repulsive or just plain dull.

By putting them on show, the exhibition’s curators are hoping to raise the question about what is ugly.

Of 76 items on display, there are four mystery objects which visitors are invited to identify. A clue helps visitors work out what they are, with a lift up flap at the end of the exhibition revealing the answer.

Other items featured in the exhibition include a mermaid (a Victorian hoax); a home-made knuckleduster; a plaster cast of teeth; a stuffed fox head; switches from local company Otter (the company invented the automatic switch used in kettles), and brake linings from local company Ferodo.

Exhibition X opened in Gallery 2 of the Terrace Road museum and art gallery on Saturday, December 11, and can be seen until Saturday, May 8.

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery is open free of charge as part of Derbyshire County Council’s commitment to providing everyone with access to cultural activities.

Its opening hours are: Tuesday-Friday, 9.30am-5.30pm and Saturday, 9.30am-5pm.