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The Silk Mill, Derby Museums

Re:imagining Derby's Silk Mill

The Silk Mill is in the process of reinventing itself for the 21st century - through reviving the principles of the Enlightenment and expanding traditional perspectives of what a museum is and can be. The concept has been developed from a desire to reflect both the 300 year heritage of the building, starting with the Silk Mill as the site of the world’s first factory, through to the modern day city of Derby as a leader in advanced engineering and manufacturing.

Re:make the Museum

As part of this project we are inviting you to take part in an exciting and ground-breaking community rebuilding project to remake The Silk Mill. ‘Remake the Museum’ will provide opportunities for members of the public to become citizen curators, taking part in organised sessions, helping to design and build new displays, furniture and fittings for the ground floor alongside our maker in residence – Tilt, a London based design company and Bauman Lyons Architects. Participants will learn new skills, meet new people and have a direct input into the future of one of the city’s most well-loved icons.


These workshops will be held at the Silk Mill, which overlooks Cathedral Green, Derby.

Get Involved

If you or your club, society or organisation would like to get involved in helping to
Remake the Museum, please book onto one of the workshops below.

Find out more:


Twitter: @derbysilkmill


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