Derby Silk Mill 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 is currently under construction and will be opening in 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 here for everyone including a new café, shop and venue hire space.
FREE entry. Some temporary exhibitions will be charged, please visit our website (link above) for more info.
The Museum of Making is located on the banks of the River Derwent in the Derwent Valley Mills UNESCO World Heritage Site.