Derby Museums secures major Heritage Lottery Fund support
We are thrilled to share that Derby Museums has received earmarked funding* for a £9.38m bid from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Derby Silk Mill – Museum of Making project. This project will sustainably redevelop Derby Silk Mill, site of the world’s first factory and part of the UNESCO Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, to create an inspirational new museum uniquely made in collaboration with people of Derby. The new museum is timed to open in 2020.
Development funding of £817,300 has been awarded to help Derby Museums progress their plans to apply for the full grant at a later date.
Derby Silk Mill – Museum of Making will be ‘Inspired by the Makers of the past, made by the makers of today and empowering the makers of the future’.
Peter Smith, Chair of Derby Museums Trust said,
“I am delighted that Derby Museums has been successful in our bid, it demonstrates the confidence that HLF have in the Trust. The new Museum of Making will be a place to celebrate the essence of our city and will deliver significant social and economic impacts for Derby”
The project once complete will reveal the whole building for the first time, re-introducing manufacturing to the site of the world’s first factory by involving people in the making and creating of the new museum . The new Museum will celebrate Derby’s heritage as a city of makers through its internationally, regionally and locally significant collections and provide public access to all of these collections. It will provide opportunities for local people to gain new skills and experiences and will aim to raise aspirations of future generations of innovators and makers.
You are welcome to download the executive summary document here (please be aware that this is a 6mb pdf document).
For more on the action research consultation for The Silk Mill project see the project Tumblr. You can also click on the Re:Make menu item to find out more about our co-production approach through 2013-15.
Follow project progress via twitter @derbysilkmill #DSMMoM
*Earmarked funding means the project meets HLF criteria for funding and HLF believes the project has potential to deliver high-quality benefits and value for Lottery money. The application was in competition with other supportable projects, so this is an endorsement of outline proposals. The project now has up to two years to submit fully developed proposals to secure a firm award.