This is Normanton

This is Normanton is an exciting Fifth Word community project run in partnership with Derby Museums. It tracks the changing landscape of Normanton Road and Pear Tree Road from the 1960’s to present day.

We want to explore how the population, landscape and culture of Normanton Road and Pear Tree Road has changed and developed over the years as new communities have migrated and settled here.

The project culminates in an original theatre performance and the creation brand new exhibition that will launch at Derby Museums as well as visiting venues across the city throughout 2018.

We are currently working with volunteers and community members to undertake archival research and to record personal stories from a range of residents about living and settling in the area. If you are interested in sharing any of your memories about living in Normanton or have any photographs of the area from the 1960’s onwards that you would like to share with us then please contact

This is Normanton has been made possible thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

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About Fifth Word

Fifth Word is an award winning theatre company that produce bold and provocative new plays made in the East Midlands that tour across the country. Formed in 2007 by joint artistic directors Laura Ford and Angharad Jones, Fifth Word specialise in producing new plays that explore contemporary issues by upcoming and established playwrights through new commissions and full productions with partner venues. The work tells bold and timely stories that speaks to traditional theatre goers and next generation audience.

Beyond the stage

Fifth Word work with schools, youth groups and other organisations to provide projects that make a real difference to young people and their communities. we believe that creative learning actively engages young people in an exploratory and inspirational way - building confidence, independence and aspirations for both individuals and groups.

About Derby Museums

Founded in 2012, Derby Museums Trust is an independent charitable trust which is responsible for the rich cultural and creative history of Derby. It manages three sites across the city, the Museum and Art Gallery, Pickford’s House and The Silk Mill, and holds and curates all the art and collections within them, including the world’s largest collection of paintings by Joseph Wright of Derby.

The Trust's aim is to bring as many of the objects and treasures in the collections into the public domain as is practically possible and present them in ways that delight and inspire, via education and learning programmes, events and exhibitions, in order to share knowledge and inspire creativity and making amongst the people of Derby.

As a charitable trust, Derby Museums relies on funding and grants from organisations and donations from businesses and the general public, all of which is gratefully received in order to ensure that admission to the museums remains free for all.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology undeour feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife.  Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #NationalLottery and #HLFsupported.