Derby Museums’ mobile Museum of Making, The Makory, will make a special appearance at Markeaton Park’s Christmas Festivities this weekend as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s #ThanksToYou campaign.

The Makory is a mobile museum of making, full of stories, objects and facilities to make things! It plans to visit schools, events and communities throughout the city and county enabling sharing, learning and engagement with making as the Museum of Making is developed at Derby Silk Mill.

The Makory also forms part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site ‘Great Places’ scheme, a programme of activities to engage more people with the uniqueness of this UNESCO World Heritage site. The Great Places scheme will use the Derwent Valley Mill’s industrial heritage and spirit of innovation and making to inspire creative activities, enabling people to connect and communicate with the culture and heritage at the heart of this historically significant place.

On Saturday 1 December, visitors to Markeaton Park’s Christmas Festivities will have a chance to see The Makory in action, as it makes a special appearance for the Heritage Lottery Fund’s #ThanksToYou campaign.

The national campaign, which runs 3-9 December, sees hundreds of National Lottery-funded visitor attractions across the UK saying ‘thanks’ to people who have raised money for good causes by buying a lottery ticket. The Makory will say thanks from Derby Museums and the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site partners, by offering visitors the chance to join in free family workshops to make their own badges and light-up Christmas cards.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for visitors to get a sneak preview of the kinds of activities Derby Museums will be offering to communities in the run up to the opening of the new Museum of Making in 2020…”, said Derby Museums’ Executive Director, Tony Butler.

 “We are very proud to be involved with such a key event for the city. What better setting to say thank you to all of the National Lottery players who have raised funds for important heritage organisations likes Derby Museums.”

The Heritage Lottery Fund has committed £9.4m to Derby Museums to redevelop Derby Silk Mill, the site of the world’s first factory, as the new Museum of Making due to open in 2020. The Heritage Lottery Fund is also supporting Derby Museums’ Endowment Campaign where every £1 fundraised by Derby Museums is being matched funded by HLF up to £1m. The Endowment is an important part of our future sustainability will help to ensure that our Museums and Derby’s important heritage can be continue to be enjoyed by generations to come.

The Family Festivities at Markeaton Park will take place on Saturday 1-Sunday 2 December, and again on Saturday 8-Sunday 9 December, from 11am-3pm each day. Entry is free. The Makory will be appearing as part of the Craft Fair on Saturday 1 December.