The Silk Mill is  currently undergoing a process of significant development to create the new Museum of Making, due to open in autumn 2020. It is part of the UNESCO inscribed Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

The building is currently closed to the public. It will open on 19 September 2020.

The new Museum of Making will display fascinating items from Derby’s rich industrial history, celebrating the makers of the past; and will be designed to empower makers of the future through inspirational environments for learning programmes and activities. The project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Derby City Council and Arts Council England.

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

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

Find out about Make Works Derby and Derbyshire here