Special Exhibitions

George Eliot and Wirksworth

Now open – free admission with museum entry. 

This year is the bicentenary of the birth of the author George Eliot, the pen name of Mary Ann Evans. This display explores her links to Wirksworth and how she was inspired by the places and people around her. George Eliot wrote many famous works, including Middlemarch, Adam Bede and The Mill on the Floss. She is one of the most popular and recognised authors of her period. George Eliot’s aunt, Elizabeth Evans, was a female preacher who lived in Wirksworth. In her bestselling novel, Adam Bede, Eliot took inspiration from her aunt’s life and stories

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