Dr Peter Collinge

Wed 8 July 2020

Dr Peter Collinge

It is with great regret that for the first time in forty years we must cancel the Buxton International Festival in July 2020. This is an enormous disappointment but the health and well-being of our audience, our volunteers, the BIF team and all the artists involved is of primary concern. By taking this difficult decision now we are safeguarding the Festival for the Future. Read our full statement here.

Please save the dates for next year’s Festival taking place 2 – 18 July 2021.


Business, Politics, Charity and Scandal: Women and Public Life in Georgian Derbyshire

Sisters-in-law Mary Pickford and Margaret Wilkins were respectively the proprietors of a textile mill and a girls’ school. Commercial acumen combined with strategic philanthropy, and social and political networking ensured solid business reputations, but one of them harboured a secret that threatened their carefully constructed public personas. Join Dr Peter Collinge for an intriguing look at these notable local women.

Buxton Crescent Image: Sarah Wyatt