Situated in the centre of Derby, The Silk Mill is currently undergoing a process of significant development to reinvent the Silk Mill for the 21st century through the creation of Derby Silk Mill – Museum of Making.
The new museum 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 timed to be completed in 2019/20 and is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Derby City Council and Arts Council England.

During 2016, the ground floor of the Silk Mill is open twice a week as an experimental ‘Project Lab’, where we are prototyping ideas for the Museum of Making with our volunteers, audiences and partners. You are welcome to come along during these times to find out more and get involved! Keep up-to-date with progress on the Silk Mill project by visiting the project blog or follow @derbysilkmill on twitter.

Our project theme “Made by the Makers of Today” is a primary focus for the coming months and years. We will be offering volunteer co-production opportunities that will excite and challenge everyone, developing our collective skills and enabling us to make Derby Silk Mill – Museum of Making together. If you are interested in being part of our co-production volunteer programme for the Silk Mill project as an individual, family or as part of a community group, organisation or business – please email