Exhibition looking back on administration era coming to Derby City Lab in October 2023

Back from the Brink: Derby County, A Year On, the latest exhibition from Rams Heritage Trust, reflects on one of the most chaotic eras in Derby County’s long history.

Over a year has passed since the club was taken over by Clowes Developments ending a whirlwind 10 months of administration, points deductions, relegation and supporter unrest. The exhibition explores this period through contemporary objects, images and supporter testimony. The display also draws comparisons between the club’s turbulent recent history and similar events in the 1980s using original items from the Rams’ Centenary year, 1984-5, where Derby County battled for survival in the High Court.

Back from the Brink emphasises the special position DCFC holds within the city and tells the story of how a fanbase united to help save their club from extinction.

Rams Heritage Trust are delighted to be bringing our extensive collection to Derby City Lab this October to explore a period in Rams’ history that will live long in the memory of those who lived through it and no, we’re not talking about the glory days of the 1970s or the FA Cup triumph of 1946. It is the hardest times that bring people together, and that can certainly be said of the ten months that followed Derby County entering administration in September 2022.

This exhibition will cover that turbulent period with original objects, displayed alongside the voices of fans who lived through it. The display will also harken back to the 1980s when Rams fans also feared for the survival of their club.

Bringing together artifacts from near and distant eras, the exhibition has something for everyone to enjoy!

Jamie Calladine, Founder & Trustee

Exhibition details

Date: 4th October – 22nd October 2023
Venue: Derby City Lab, St James’ Street, Derby, DE1 1RF
Opening times: Monday-Friday, 10am – 2pm. Selected weekends TBC on website and social media