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The Museum of Making is opening!

The Museum of Making opens on Friday 21 May 2021.

Entry to the new Museum of Making is free (with the exception of some temporary exhibitions) but, due to Covid restrictions, visitors will need to book a timeslot in advance.

Derby Silk Mill is widely regarded as the site of the world’s first modern factory, built in the valley that changed the world. Industry brought prosperity to some and poverty and wage slavery to others. Yet it shaped Derby as a city of making and creativity. Industrial society led to the creation of civic institutions and stimulated a civil society in which people campaigned for social and political rights.

At Derby Silk Mill, the Museum of Making will be opening in May 2021. Celebrating the area’s rich history of innovation, the Museum of Making in the Derwent Valley Mills UNESCO World Heritage Site will be 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 will be something for everyone including a new café, shop and venue hire spaces.

The Museum of Making has been developed through major grant funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund,  Arts Council England and D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership. Significant support has also been received from Derby City Council, Rolls-Royce and a range of charitable trusts and foundations. For more information click here.

The opening of the Museum of Making is an important moment for Derby. We have joined forces with partners across the city and region to help mark this milestone with a celebration of local events, culminating in the tri-centenary of the Silk Mill in 2021.

The 300 programme will celebrate 300 years of making in Derby and the wider region as well as inspiring makers of the future through a co-ordinated programme of events and activities. See some of the 300 programme events here.

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