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.

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

Keep up-to-date with progress on the Silk Mill project by visiting the project blog or follow @derbysilkmill on twitter.