Derby Silk Mill

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Derby Silk Mill
The museum and the River Derwent
Derby Silk Mill is located in Derbyshire
Derby Silk Mill
Location within Derbyshire
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 was adapted for use as Derby’s Industrial Museum, which opened on 29 November 1974.

Closure and mothballing[edit]

Derby City Council temporarily closed the museum on 3 April 2011[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]

The Silk Mill Redevelopment Project has now started, with an expected completion date of 2019/2020.[4] Until the project is complete the majority of the museum is closed, with limited opening hours.[5]


In October 2013 a programme started to reinvent the museum for the 21st century incorporating the principles of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM). The museum is now open 2 days a week.[6]


  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. 2010-10-26. Retrieved 2011-01-04.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ J Royston (2011-02-25). "Don't allow this valuable museum to be sacrificed". This Is Derbyshire. Archived from the original on 2012-05-27. Retrieved 2011-05-26.
  4. ^ "Derby Silk Mill Participative Design Workshop". Derby Museums. Retrieved 2017-03-06.
  5. ^ "Derby Silk Mill Participative Design Workshop". Derby Museums. Retrieved 2017-03-06.
  6. ^ "Derby Museums - The Silk Mill". Derby Museums / Derby City Council.

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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