Derby Ambassadors enjoy private London exhibition event

Mon 18 November 2019, 3:40 pm

Members of the Derby Ambassadors Club received a private viewing of a special exhibition at the Science Museum, with the chance to see artist Joseph Wright's famous Orrery painting.

David Boucher, representing the London Chapter of the Derby Ambassadors Club, speaks at the Royal Geographical Society in Kensington. (Pic credit: Marketing Derby)

The group’s pre-Christmas meet-up on November 14 started at the Science Museum where members visited The Art of Innovation: From Enlightenment to Dark Matter exhibition, which discusses the interaction between scientific progress and social change.

Visitors from both Derby and London got to marvel over the detailed 1766 piece by Joseph Wright of Derby - the full title is A philosopher giving that lecture on the Orrery in which a lamp is put in place of the sun.

Members are primarily based in London but have an ongoing affiliation with Derby, and are invited to exclusive events both in the capital and Derby to provide a chance to network with other members to learn about developments in the region.

The event was organised by Marketing Derby, which promotes Derby and its surrounding areas on a national and international stage.

The second part of the evening was held at the Royal Geographical Society, in Kensington, with director, Professor Joe Smith, who also holds the title of director at the famous Smith of Derby clockmakers and is a Derby Ambassador.  

The group received the unique opportunity to visit the Foyle Reading Room to view old maps of Derby and its twin town of Osnabrück, as well as view some rare historic treasures from the RGS’s past. 

David Boucher, representing the London Chapter of the Derby Ambassadors Club, said: “It’s just good to talk to like-minded people who I think basically want to give something back to where they are originally from.

“What comes out of the kinds of discussions you can have at an event like this is to talk about people’s personal stories of how they got to Derby and how they developed their business.”

He mentioned Derby’s central location, great transport connections, and talked about the “talent” in the area that makes it a “centre of innovation”.

Boucher added: “It’s great to have events like this where you can hear the stories of how that talent is growing first-hand from people’s experience.

“We all know at the end of the day that any region or city is only as good as their people.”

To become an Ambassador call (01332) 201860 or email Katie Wells at Marketing Derby at

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