A once in a lifetime opportunity to have the name of your choice permanently displayed in the new Museum of Making

The new Museum of Making is opening in Derby on Saturday 19th September 2020 and, ahead of that, Derby Museums is offering the public a once in a lifetime opportunity: to make their mark on the new Museum of Making by having their name, or the name of a loved one, permanently displayed in the museum’s entrance hall.

As a unique gift opportunity this Christmas, the museum’s Mark Your Mark plaques are available to sponsor in both large and small sizes, with the proceeds helping to secure the future of Derby Museums for generations to come. Each donation made will be doubled with match funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, meaning that a donation of £250 including gift aid becomes £625 and a gift of £500 becomes £1250, at no extra cost to the sponsor.

The museum’s unique Make Your Mark plaques are available to buy as gifts now. Visit http://bit.ly/DM-MYM to find out more.

The Museum of Making has been designed to inspire those who visit with new creativity, while showcasing Derby’s 300-year history of making and celebrating the area’s rich history of innovation. The museum is located in the Derwent Valley Mills UNESCO World Heritage Site, and stands on the site of the world’s first factory, the Derby Silk Mill.

Designed and made by the people and industries of Derby, the Museum of Making is truly unique and will be a must-visit destination for those in the East Midlands and beyond. To enter the museum, visitors will walk through the iconic 18th Century Bakewell Gates (part of the original Silk Mill structure) to be greeted by an impressive Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine, suspended from the ceiling of the Civic Hall. This enormous engine has already been dramatically winched into place to allow for the museum’s new triple height glass atrium entrance to be constructed around it – a testament to the engineering strengths of the region.

Visitors will have full access to the 50,000 objects in the museum’s collections, which will showcase a range of items from Derby’s Palaeolithic past and its rich industrial history to the modern day. There will also be bespoke co-working and workshop spaces where those who want to come and create can do just that, making this museum more than just a place where people can look at its collections; as the name suggests, at the Museum of Making, visitors will be inspired to create and make.

Tony Butler, Executive Director, Derby Museums said: “So far, over 1000 people have been involved in making the new Museum of Making, ensuring that the Silk Mill – a site of global significance – will be protected and enhanced for future generations to enjoy. That is why we are delighted to be able to offer people the opportunity to make their mark on the building in this unique way. In these days of sometimes excessive consumerism, we are pleased to offer this unusual gift that will support the makers of tomorrow through the work of the new museum.”

Anne Jenkins, Director of England, Midlands and East, The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “2020 is set to be a very exciting year as we welcome the Museum of Making’s opening, and it is sure to be a must-see destination for many National Lottery players who have raised the money to make this important project possible. NHLF is delighted that its endowment funding to the Museum of Making will match fund any donations that are made, either as a unique Christmas gift or at any other time of the year.”

The Museum of Making is being developed by Derby Museums, an independent charitable trust that manages two other museums in the city – the Museum and Art Gallery and Pickford’s House. This £17m project is being funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England, D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership and a range of trusts and foundations.

Follow the project’s progress on Twitter @MuseumofMaking or via the museum’s Tumblr blog at: https://derbysilkmill.tumblr.com.