Museum of Making

D2N2 is proud to be investing £3.7million of Local Growth Funding into the redevelopment of the Derby Silk Mill, turning it into the Museum of Making.

The Derby Silk Mill, in Derby city centre, is widely regarded as the site of the world’s first factory and is part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

The Museum of Making will create a ‘southern gateway’ to the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site; which its hoped will bring more than 140,000 visitors to the area per year, adding over £4 million to the city’s economy, and creating almost a 150 jobs in the wider Derby area. 

As well as informing people about and displaying items from the area’s industrial past, the Museum of Making will be an educational resource to encourage young people’s entrepreneurial and technological ambitions.

Work began in February 2018 and the museum is due to welcome its first visitors in September of 2020.

Project Specifics:

  • Project Name: Derby Silk Mill
  • Location: Derby
  • Project Lead: Derby Museum Trust
  • Total Project Cost: £17 million
  • Total LGF Allocation: £3.7 million
  • Approval Date: December 2017
  • Project Start Date: February 2018
  • Project Completion Date: September 2020

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