Derby Silk Mill

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Derby Silk Mill
The museum and the River Derwent
Derby Silk Mill is located in Derby Central
Derby Silk Mill
Location within central Derby
LocationDerby, England
Coordinates52°55′33″N 1°28′33″W / 52.925833°N 1.475833°W / 52.925833; -1.475833Coordinates: 52°55′33″N 1°28′33″W / 52.925833°N 1.475833°W / 52.925833; -1.475833
TypeIndustrial museum

Derby Silk Mill, formerly known as Derby Industrial Museum, is a museum of industry and history in Derby, England. The museum is located on the former site of Lombe's Mill, a historic silk mill which marks the southern end of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. The site opened as Derby’s Industrial Museum, on 29 November 1974. A £17 million redevelopment scheme started in 2016, and the museum reopened under the new name of the Museum of Making on 21 May 2021.


The site was adapted for use as Derby’s Industrial Museum, which opened on 29 November 1974. Derby City Council temporarily closed the museum on 3 April 2015[1] to free funds for the redevelopment of the Silk Mill museum and other museums in the city.[citation needed] The Report of the Strategic Director of Neighbourhoods (Item 7 put before the Council Cabinet meeting held on 26 October 2010) indicated that this would result in the loss of 8.6 full-time jobs but would release £197,000 a year to mitigate the loss of "Renaissance Programme" funding. No date for re-opening was given in the report,[2] although a period of two years was reported.[3]

Museum of Making[edit]

In October 2016, a £17 million redevelopment programme started to reinvent and redevelop the museum for the 21st century, incorporating the principles of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM).[4] The museum reopened on 21 May 2021 under the new name of the Museum of Making.[5][6][7][8]

In its first year of opening the new Museum of Making received a 'Highly Commended' placement in the annual Museum+Heritage Awards within the category 'Sustainable Project of the Year'.[9] In September 2021 it also won the National Construction News Awards on the category 'Project of the Year Under £25m', as well as five further awards in the Constructing Excellence East Midlands Awards.[10] On 10 May 2022 it was announced that the Museum of Makinig was short-listed for the 2022 Art Fund Museum of the Year award.[11]


  1. ^ "The Silk Mill". Derby City Council. Archived from the original on 21 February 2009. Retrieved 26 May 2010.
  2. ^ "Report of the Strategic Director of Neighbourhoods". Derby City Council. 26 October 2010. Retrieved 4 January 2011.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ J Royston (25 February 2011). "Don't allow this valuable museum to be sacrificed". This Is Derbyshire. Archived from the original on 27 May 2012. Retrieved 26 May 2011.
  4. ^ "Derby Silk Mill Participative Design Workshop". Derby Museums. Archived from the original on 7 March 2017. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  5. ^ Stephens, Simon (21 May 2021). "Derby unveils Museum of Making". Museums Association. Retrieved 6 October 2021.
  6. ^ Grant, John (5 January 2020). "Sneak peek inside Derby Silk Mill as £17m overhaul nears completion". Derby Telegraph. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  7. ^ Wilson, Antonia (6 January 2020). "20 new UK attractions to visit in 2020". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  8. ^ "Brand new Museum of Making opens for the first time".
  9. ^ "Museums + Heritage Awards 2021 Winners". Museums + Heritage Show Ltd. Retrieved 6 October 2021.
  10. ^ "Collection of awards for Derby's Museum of Making". D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership. 17 September 2021. Retrieved 6 October 2021.
  11. ^ "Museum of Making shortlisted for £100,000 Art Fund Museum of the Year 2022 | Derby Museums".

Further reading[edit]

Sources of information:

  • Derby Industrial Museum, Derby Evening Telegraph and Derby Library Service. (1999)

* The Derby Lock-Out and the origins of the labour movement Bill Whitehead (2001)
* Struck out! Derby in Crisis: the Silk Mill Lock-Out 1833-4, Derby, H. E. Butterton (1997)

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