Silk Mill Secures £9.38 Million

This morning Derby Museums Trust has received earmarked funding for a £9.38million bid from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Derby Silk Mill - Museum of Making project.

The project will sustainably redevelop Derby Silk Mill, site of the world's first factory and part of the UNESCO Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, to create an inspirational new museum uniquely made in collaboration with people from Derby.

Due to open in 2020, the full project costs are predicted to be £16.4 million, with £4million committed by Derby City Council.

The plans are also part of the 15-year vision for Derby. The ambitions of the project also fit perfectly with the cultural vision of the city, helping Derby become a more vibrant place by using its valuable and unique heritage to do so.
— Ranjit Banwait, Leader of Derby City Council

The new Museum will celebrate Derby's heritage as a city of makers through its internationally, regionally and locally significant collections. It will also provide opportunities for local people to gain new skills and experiences and will aim to raise aspirations of future generations of innovators and makers.

The new Museum of Making will be a place to celebrate the essence of our city and will deliver significant social and economic impacts for Derby
— Peter Smith, Chair of Derby Museums Turst

Follow the progress of this project @DerbySilkMill