Currently closed for redevelopment, Derby Silk Mill is nearing the end of a five year development programme to create the Museum of Making on the site of the world’s first factory, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Derby City Council, Arts Council England and the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.

Celebrating the area’s rich history of innovation, the Museum of Making in the Derwent Valley Mills UNESCO World Heritage Site is a contemporary space telling Derby’s 300-year history of making to inspire new creativity. Designed and made by the people and industries of Derby with exhibits, workshops, activities and events, there’s something here for everyone.


Click here to find out more about the 300 programme: a collaborative celebration of 300 years of making in Derby and the wider region.

Volunteer Co-production opportunities

We are offering volunteer co-production opportunities that will excite and challenge everyone, developing our collective skills and enabling us to make the Museum of Making together. If you are interested in being part of our co-production volunteer programme for the Museum of Making as an individual, family or as part of a community group, organisation or business – please email

Follow our progress

Keep up-to-date with progress on the Museum of Making by visiting our project blog at: or follow us @MuseumofMaking on Twitter.

Find out about Make Works Derby and Derbyshire here.