Derby Museum & Art Gallery & Pickford’s House are currently closed until further notice to comply with Government guidance. The Silk Mill is undergoing refurbishment to become the Museum of Making. Please visit our News page and social media channels for further updates.
Designed and made by the people and industries of Derby, the Museum of Making is truly unique and will be a must-visit destination for those in the East Midlands and beyond. To enter the Museum, visitors will walk through the iconic 18th century Bakewell Gates (part of the original structure of the Silk Mill) to be greeted by an impressive Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine which will hang above visitors from the ceiling in the Civic Hall. This engine has already been dramatically winched into place as due to its size, and the impressive Civic Hall, a triple height glass atrium that forms the entrance to the new Museum is being constructed around it – a testament to the engineering strengths of the region.
Visitors will have full access to the 50,000 objects in the Museum’s collections, which will showcase a range of items from Derby’s Palaeolithic past and its rich industrial history to the modern day. There will also be bespoke workshop spaces where those who want to come and create can do just that, making this Museum more than just a place where people can look at its collections; as the name suggests, at the Museum of Making, visitors will be encouraged to create and make.
The new Museum will also boast a new destination café, serving up tasty treats to its visitors, and the Museum of Making shop will offer a range of gifts to suit all interests and budgets. From weddings and charity balls to business meetings and conferences, the Museum will be able to offer a range of unique spaces available for private hire, as well as educational and creative environments dedicated to learning and making.
The Museum of Making is being developed by Derby Museums, an independent charitable trust that manages two other museums in the city - the Museum and Art Gallery and Pickford’s House. This £17m project is being funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England, D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership and a range of trusts and foundations.
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