The Silk Mill

Opening hours:

  • Monday-Wednesday Closed
  • Thursday 3pm - 9pm
  • Friday Closed
  • Saturday 1pm - 5pm
  • Sunday Closed

Find us at:

Silk Mill Lane, Derby DE1 3AF
01332 641901
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Project Lab & Workshops

During 2016, the ground floor of the Silk Mill is open twice a week as an experimental ‘Project Lab’ for the Museum of Making. Our Project Lab includes fully fitted workshop spaces where we are prototyping how we might ‘make’ the Museum of Making!

What can I see?

A large airy space, the Project Lab for the Museum of Making is an active environment containing examples of our Collections of Making and Social History which share and explore the ongoing story of Derby’s outstanding reputation as a city of making. These collections are displayed in prototype exhibition cases, alongside furniture and fittings that we have been designing and making with our audiences, volunteers and partners.

Our workshops are fully fitted with traditional and digital fabrication equipment that are being used to develop skills and prototype fixtures and fittings for the Derby Silk Mill - Museum of Making.

What can I do?

Throughout 2016 you can come along to meet the team and take part in the experimental programming we are developing to test ideas for the Museum of Making as the project develops over the coming years.

Discover the artefacts we are processing as we prepare to move them out of the building before the capital works begin. Perhaps you worked in a local manufacturing industry and these artefacts were part of your working life? We love learning more about the stories behind our collections.

Take part in our regular workshop activities where we trial STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) Powered Making learning programmes with our regular Artists/Makers-in-Residence and the project design team.

Volunteer to be part of ‘making’ Derby Silk Mill - Museum of Making! Develop and share new skills and experiences by getting hands on with the collections; learning about tools and techniques; testing ideas through learning and engagement programmes. Regular volunteering opportunities are posted in our ‘Get Involved’ section but you can also drop in when we are open, or email Gemma Hopkins gemma@derbymuseums.org to find out more about our co-production volunteer programme. We would love to hear from you!

What can I learn?

Our Project Lab events and activities are regular opportunities for all ages to discover, be curious and play through captivating experiences that engage the head, heart and hands. Learn about Derby’s history of making through our collections – locally made, globally significant. Develop new skills, from traditional making techniques to using the latest digital platforms, through our STEAM Powered Making activities that include all day events, drop-in sessions and bookable workshops. Check the Events programme to find out more.
The Silk Mill

Opening hours:

  • Monday-Wednesday Closed
  • Thursday 3pm - 9pm
  • Friday Closed
  • Saturday 1pm - 5pm
  • Sunday Closed

Find us at:

Silk Mill Lane, Derby DE1 3AF
01332 641901
Plan your visitto The Silk Mill
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