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Museum of Making at Derby Silk Mill (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

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Shortlisted for Art Fund Museum of the Year 2022

THE MUSEUM OF MAKING: A GREAT ADDITION TO THE CITY OF MAKERS

A visitor attraction like no other

The brand-new Museum of Making has thrown open its doors to visitors from Derby and beyond, showcasing the region’s 300-year history of making and celebrating its rich history of innovation.

The Museum of Making is located on a site of global significance, where the Derby Silk Mill – widely regarded as the site of the world’s first modern factory – first stood over 300 years ago. This new visitor attraction is also located in the Derwent Valley Mills UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the key sites of the industrial revolution - something that will appeal to visitors from far and wide.

This is no ordinary museum. It has been created and built by the people and industries of Derby, with hundreds of local volunteers helping to shape and design the way the museum will work for visitors. It will also tell the story of making in the region to help inspire visitors to unleash their creativity and start making.

Some stand-out elements to the new museum that visitors can enjoy include:

  • Entering the new museum via the Grade I listed Bakewell Gates. Designed by master ironmaker Robert Bakewell, the gates have stood proudly at the front of the Silk Mill in Derby since 1725
  • They will be able to make their own bespoke trail through the amazing 30,000 collections, which are displayed and shared in unique ways.
  • A seven tonne Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine suspended in the new Civic Hall above visitors’ heads
  • The much-loved Midland Model Railway, located in the Railway Gallery
  • The world’s smallest engine run using a human hair
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Derby Silk Mill circa 1908 (L), and in the modern day (C), and an impression of the new Museum of Making (R).
Credit Derby Museums (L, C) and Bauman Lyons Architects (R).

A stunning building and a new place to meet

As well as being an exciting new visitor attraction, the Museum of Making will also provide a range of versatile spaces for locals and visitors alike. From fully appointed and publicly accessible workshops (packed full of equipment for any making project including a CNC machine, laser cutters and textiles) where people can actively create and make, to ‘The River Kitchen’ - a stunning new setting to meet friends and eat and drink overlooking the banks of the beautiful River Derwent.

On top of this, visitors to the Museum of Making can also enjoy:

  • A new viewing gallery at the top of the museum’s tower which looks out across the city and the beautiful Derbyshire countryside
  • The retail shop which showcases the work of makers, creators and designers from across the region to find new and unique products
  • Venue hire spaces which can cater for a variety of events, from small business meetings to large scale conferences - and even bespoke weddings like no other!
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The Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine being installed in the Civic Hall in August 2019 (L) and the world’s smallest engine, ran by a human hair (R). Credit Speller Metcalfe (L) and Derby Museums (R).

Inspiring and supporting the makers of tomorrow

The new museum will also be the home of the Institute of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths), a key educational resource for Derby and the wider UK generously supported by Rolls-Royce. New start-ups and makers will also have access to a new co-working space ‘The Prospect’, and young people will be inspired to come up with new ideas and solutions to problems when the Midlands Maker Challenge competition is launched in 2021 (generously supported by Midlands-based IMI plc.).

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An impression of the new Civic Hall (L) and The Assemblage (R). Credit The Creative Core.

How the Museum of Making is being funded

The Museum of Making has been developed by Derby Museums, an independent charitable trust that also manages the Museum and Art Gallery and Pickford’s House in Derby. This £18m project is being funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England, D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership and a range of trusts, foundations and businesses.

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Do It Yourself?

29 May 2022 - 1 Sep 2022

From DIY TV programmes to current DIY trends on social media, this unique, quirky exhibition will explore the intriguing past, present and future of DIY.

Museum of Making Tour (Thurs & Sun)

29 May 2022 - 19 Jun 2022

Discover this fascinating building and it’s collections with our knowledgeable guides, who will uncover 300 years of Derby’s making.

Museum of Making Tour (Fri & Sat)

29 May 2022 - 30 Jul 2022

Discover this fascinating building and it’s collections with our knowledgeable guides, who will uncover 300 years of Derby’s making.

STEAM Tots (May)

29 May 2022 - 2 Jun 2022

This loose parts play session offers a sensory and playful exploration of objects and materials, stimulating children’s curiosity, imagination, and experimentation.

Gallery Tour: Do It Yourself?

29 May 2022 - 13 Jul 2022

Curator of Making, Eilish Clohessy-Dennis, will lead a tour around the Do It Yourself? exhibition, delving deeper into the history of the DIY movement and answering the question: do we still do it ourselves?
Help us to make some Jubilee decorations to decorate the Museum of Making for our Jubilee celebrations.
Breathe new life into everyday objects and give them a renewed purpose and fresh look through the art of decoupage.
Everyone is welcome to join us for a Right Royal Knees Up to celebrate the Queen’s 70th Jubilee, where we can be together once more, having fun and making memories.

Steam Tots (June)

2 Jun 2022 - 25 Jun 2022

This loose parts play session offers a sensory and playful exploration of objects and materials, stimulating children’s curiosity, imagination and experimentation.
In the year of Queen Elizabeth II’s platinum Jubilee, Derby Museums asks the question ‘what does it mean to be a Queen in 2022?’.
This workshop will introduce you to the basics of 3D printing through making your very own object.
An evening of new writing by Derby and Derbyshire based LGBTQ+ writers, co-produced with Derbyshire LGBT+ and In Good Company.
Join Haunted Heritage for a ghost hunt at Derby's iconic old Silk Mill building (The Museum of Making).

The Open Air Drawing Room

11 Jun 2022 - 12 Jun 2022

Everyone’s an artist in this thought-provoking performance inspired by the great 19th century painter of light and seascapes, JMW Turner and the 31 sea areas of the Shipping Forecast.
Featuring 10 of Derbyshire’s best contemporary fine artists. Sculpture, Print, Painting, Ceramics, Photography, and more.

Ceramics Course: Hand Thrown Pots

18 Jun 2022 - 19 Jun 2022

Learn how to throw, hand build and decorate your own pot, based on traditional willow pattern designs, in our weekend ceramics course.
Join Derbyshire Community Male Voice Choir and Rolls-Royce Ladies Choir for communal singing workshop, raise your voice and raise your spirits in the beautiful surroundings of the Museum of Making.
Make your own ‘under the sea’ automaton*. In this maker-led workshop you will be guided through the process of making a crank machine, and then use your imagination to bring your machine to life.
Artists Heidi Luker and Lise Bennett have been funded by the National Lottery and Arts Council England to work collaboratively on a site-specific research and development project, Ambergate Wireworks.
This course centres around recycling and sustainable creation. The aim is to educate you on how to turn HDPE (High Density Poly Ethylene) plastic into beautiful and functional materials/tools, the outcome will be your very own milk bottle mallet.
A fiercely funny, no-holds-barred comedy about modern life living with Parkinson’s.

Metal Fabrication Workshop

2 Jul 2022 - 3 Jul 2022

This is an introductory workshop to hot forge work, perfect for those looking to try their hand at metal fabrication and basic blacksmithing techniques.

Arcade

19 Aug 2022 - 21 Aug 2022

Travel back in time for a weekend of retro gaming heaven, sound tracked by 80s and 90s hits, as we bring our celebrated Retro Arcade event back to Derby with arcade classics, consoles and pinball machines galore.

Venetian Masquerade Ball 2022

8 Dec 2022 - 23 Dec 2022

Join us this December for our Venetian Masquerade Ball, in the Italian Mill at the Museum of Making. Enjoy the atmosphere of our historic, industrial venue in the very heart of the City Centre, right on the banks of the River Derwent.
Welcome in spring by creating your very own ‘creature crib’, for your garden visitors on this woodworking taster day course, perfect for beginners.

Museum of Making at Derby Silk Mill (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Silk Mill Lane Derby DE1 3AF

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