Press Release: Wednesday 18 January 2017

Derby Museums have recently secured funding from both the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund and DCMS/Wolfson Foundation in aid of the Your Place in the World project.

The Your Place in the World project will be a coproduced project working with the diverse communities of Derby creating a museum relevant to people lives now, within a global context. Participants will select, present and interpret our collection in a way that reflects the diverse communities in the city and increases access to and awareness of the museum. Derby Museums will create a gallery that engages people’s heads, hearts and hands, explores the multiple narratives of the objects and creates a space for everyone to understand and reflect on these historical and contemporary meanings.

Tony Butler, Executive Director of Derby Museums Trust said:

“We want to connect the people of Derby with the museum’s world cultures collections. We have material from across the globe, from the Americas to the Pacific Islands and from Africa to Indian sub-continent and it offers a great opportunity to work with our communities to discover ‘Your place, in the World’. In a time of political turmoil we think it is vital to explore how local and global citizenship come together. The funding will also help further improve our assets namely the condition of the museums galleries”

The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund has donated £77,637 to help Derby Museums connect communities who don’t readily visit the museum , to develop the Your Place in the World project, to make the museum more relevant to a wider range of audiences and to coproduce the renovation of the underused, old Nature Gallery.

The £125,000 donated from DCMS/Wolfson can  solely be used for capital funding to redevelop the remaining area of the old nature gallery and to create a large unified u-shaped gallery hosting a new object-rich exhibition Your Place in the World which will take inspiration from the original 1839 exhibition in the Mechanics  Institute in Derby.


Derby Museums
Founded in 2012, Derby Museums Trust is an independent charitable trust which is responsible for the rich cultural and creative history of Derby. It manages three sites across the city, the Museum and Art Gallery, Pickford’s House and The Silk Mill, and holds and curates all the art and collections within them, including the world’s largest collection of paintings by Joseph Wright of Derby.

The Trust’s aim is to bring as many of the objects and treasures in the collections into the public domain as is practically possible and present them in ways that delight and inspire, via education and learning programmes, events and exhibitions, in order to share knowledge and inspire creativity and making amongst the people of Derby.

As a charitable trust, Derby Museums relies on funding and grants from organisations and donations from businesses and the general public, all of which is gratefully received in order to ensure that admission to the museums remains free for all.

Derby Silk Mill – Museum of Making
Derby Museums has secured a first round pass for major grant funding of £9.4m from the Heritage Lottery Fund, £2.5m from Arts Council England and £4m from Derby City Council of a £16.4m development to create Derby Silk Mill – Museum of Making. The project will open up the whole of the Silk Mill, creating beautiful spaces to inspire our visitors and will provide access to 100% of Derby Museums’ collections of Making and Social History.  The new museum will have our communities at its heart and be uniquely co-produced with the people of Derby over the next few years.

Arts Council England
Derby Museums has been funded by Arts Council England since 2012 to deliver improved museum facilities and services in Derby. From April 2015 Derby Museums in a consortium with Nottingham Museums and Galleries has become one of 21 Major Partner Museums in England.