Derby Museums

Aero engine lands at Mill

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Bondholder Rolls-Royce's Trent 1000 aircraft engine which powered the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on its maiden flight in 2006 has been installed at the new Museum of Making, part of Bondholder Derby Museums Trust.

As the latest phase in this £17 million development, the Derby-made Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine was winched into the new Museum by a team of specialists earlier this month. Excitingly, just one year from now, the new Museum of Making will be crammed full of 50,000 objects – large and small – for the public to explore, engage with and even make their own versions.

Tony Butler, Executive Director, Derby Museums explains: “Even though the Museum of Making won’t open until next autumn, the Trent engine had to be installed at this early stage as the new Museum’s Civic Hall had to be literally built around it, due to its huge size. The engine and its stand weighs seven tonnes, so it required a four tonne tractor and a three tonne trailer to manoeuvre it into position. We worked alongside teams from Rolls-Royce and our contractors’ Speller Metcalfe and GCA, who laid down a concrete floor and erected a metal structure around the engine in order to lift it up and winch it into place. For this part of the operation, a special rigging company was called in to help too, so it was quite an engineering feat!”

“This is an engine that was developed, tested and made here in Derby, so we hope locals and those living further afield will agree that this is an engine worth celebrating and coming to see!”

The Trent 1000 is a feat of modern engineering: the fan at the front of the engine is more than nine feet across, and sucks in more than a tonne of air every second at take-off. The blade tip travels at more than 900mph – faster than the speed of sound and when flying, the temperature inside the hottest parts of the engine can be almost half as hot as the sun.

Gill Fennell, Community Investment Manager of Bondholder Rolls-Royce said: “We’re thrilled that our Trent 1000 engine will be one of the first objects that people see as they come into the new museum, and hope visitors will be inspired by the wonders of aviation and engineering, including what it takes to design and build the cleanest, quietest, lightest and most efficient aircraft engines used in modern aviation today. Rolls-Royce has partnered with the Museum of Making from the outset because it will inspire people to be curious, and develop the STEM skills we need to pioneer new technologies for the 21st century.

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30 Days of Giving finale

Thirty local charities gathered at Bondholder Smith Partnership's offices recently to celebrate the receipt of their donation from Mercia Image Print’s 30 Days of Giving Campaign.

Over the month of June, Amanda Strong of Mercia Image Print pledged to raise £30,000 in 30 days, to give to 30 local charities, and with a final push following the Gala Dinner held at Bondholder Pattonair's County Ground, she managed to reach her goal.

Megan Patrick from fellow Bondholder Derby County Community Trust, who received £5,000 from the fund, said “When Amanda first came to see us about raising some money we thought it sounded fabulous, then when Amanda decided she would go for £30,000 in 30 days we thought it was a tall order – but we did it!!”

Amanda commented “With the support of the local business community we did it! I am still amazed that we managed to hit our target in 30 days, stress levels were high but worth every minute”

Some of the local Bondholder charities that benefited form the 30 Days of Giving campaign were Derby County Community Trust, Treetops Hospice Care, Padley Group, Derby Museum, Derby QUAD, YMCA Derbyshire, Safe & Sound, Me & Dee, TwentyTwenty, Derbyshire Children's Holiday Centre, Deda, Derbyshire Institute of Sport, Artcore, Derby City Mission and NWG.

When asked whether Amanda would consider making this an annual fund raising event, she said “I think it has proven to be such a success that it could definitely be an annual campaign, but perhaps I should let someone else run it next year!"

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Finalists revealed for Food & Drink Awards

The finalists for the 11th Marketing Derby Food & Drink Awards have been revealed! Let's take a look at who's lucky enough to be in the running to be crowned the city's finest...

Restaurant of the Year
The Palfrey
Lotus Indian Kitchen
The Wonky Table

Best café
The Coffee House at Derby Museums
The Squashed Tomato
Derby QUAD Café

Excellence in Customer Service
Remember this award is voted for by YOU, via the Derby Telegraph
Milk & Honey Deli
Katherine's Gift & Coffee Bar
Elements Tea & Coffee House
The Exeter Arms
Lisa Jean at Bennetts
Kava Coffee Bar

Best bar
The Orange Tree
The Palfrey
Suds and Soda

Best pub
The Bell & Castle
The Blessington Carriage
The Dog & Moon

Most family friendly
The Coffee House at Derby Museums
Bluebell Dairy cafe
COSMO Derby

Best newcomer
Annie's Burger Shack
The Creaky Floorboard
Elements Tea & Coffee House

Best international
La Pizza
Lorentes
Annie's Burger Shack

Best out of town - the competition was so high, we have four finalists in this category!
Cock Inn at Mugginton
Vegan Revelation
Amalfi White
The Shed at Hilton

Congratulations to this year's finalists!

The winners will be announced at the Roundhouse on the 7th October at an exciting ceremony with guest speakers, food and drink stalls (The Market Place) and more!

Everyone is invited to the awards ceremony, so if you would like to attend simply register here

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Class of 2018

With over 4,000 nominations received from the public and some intense judging, Marketing Derby was pleased to announce the winners of the tenth annual Derby Food and Drink Awards in 2018.

The winners were announced at the awards ceremony, held at The Roundhouse on Monday 8th October 2018.

On the night, Marketing Derby presented the Royal Crown Derby Outstanding Achievement award to The Palfrey who made a significant contribution to Derby's food and drink scene.

The event also saw the launch of a new recipe book called Ten: A recipe for success, produced in collaboration with AVIT' Media and Once Upon a Fork.

The Winner of the 'Restaurant of the Year', Terroir Bistro, won £1,000 worth of Denby tableware.

The 2018 winners & finalists were:

Restaurant of the Year – sponsored by Denby Pottery
Terroir Bistro (winner)
The Dovecote
Lorentes

Best café – sponsored by Derby College
Bear (winner)
The Coffee House at Derby Museums
Milk & Honey Deli

Excellence in customer service – sponsored by the Derby Telegraph
Portobello (winner)
Bear
The Coffee House at Derby Museums
POINTSIX Coffee House
Masala
Milk & Honey

Best bar – sponsored by Irongate Group
Suds & Soda (winner)
Slug & Lettuce
Rowley's

Best pub - sponsored by Mortgage Advice Bureau
The Exeter Arms (winner)
The Dog & Moon
The Last Post

Most family friendly – sponsored by Derby Days Out
Buttermilk (winner)
Masala
POINTSIX Coffee House

Best newcomer – sponsored by the University of Derby
The Squashed Tomato (winner)
Bear
POINTSIX Coffee House
The Yard

Best international – sponsored by Riverlights Derby
Anoki (winner)
Lorentes
Masala

Best Out of Town – sponsored by Smooth Radio
Hackwood Farm (winner)
Fishermans Rest, Belper
The Shed at Hilton

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Bondholder partnership boost

Bondholder Roundhouse Events has launched a new initiative to network with other events companies in the area to boost communication and referrals.

Meeting with a series of events companies once a month, with the aim of ensuring that event bookings are retained in Derby, the group has been co-created by Helen Vann, Sales Manager at Bondholder Pentahotel and Amy Wicks, Conference and Events Manager at Roundhouse Events.

Amy said "The aim of the group is to ensure Derby venues work together in collaboration to service the needs of companies and individuals looking to hire quality event space.

“There are many fantastic venues in Derby and we want to ensure that we service the needs of businesses and the community by offering suitable, quality space to host their event."

Helen added "It's a great way to get to know the people behind other Derby venues and hotels. It will enable all of us to work together, share best practise and, as a result, will enhance the offering across Derby as a city".

The group is made up of representatives from Bondholders Derby Conference Centre, Derbyshire County Cricket Club, Derby City Council, QUAD, Deda, Jurys Inn, Derby County Football Club, Derby Museums and the University of Derby, along with Visit Derby, Hallmark Hotel, Riverside Centre and the Cathedral Quarter Hotel.

To register your interest in becoming part of the group, please contact amy-wicks@derby-college.ac.uk

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New Museum Hope

Headline partner at the Summit, Smith Partnership, is passionate about seeing Derby thrive and is involved in the new Museum of Making - a £16.4m project due to open at the Silk Mill in 2020.

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Smith Partnership tells us about its involvement in the project:

"At a time when city centres are being reimagined and repurposed, it is fitting that the Silk Mill, the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, a hotbed of innovation and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is being revitalised to put culture at the heart of regenerating Derby city centre.

It has been a privilege for Partner and Head of Commercial Property, Jason Wood, to act on behalf of Derby Museums, dealing with Derby City Council, Western Power, The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and The Arts Council of England (ACE).

Due to the unique nature of the building and its history, there have been complex negotiations between Derby City Council and Derby Museums regarding the future repair of the building, taking into account the mixture of very modern development and the historic fabric.

Jason said, “As a business headquartered in Derby, Smith Partnership is passionate about seeing the city thrive, so it was fantastic to work with Derby Museums on making the Museum of Making a reality. I believe a vibrant cultural sector is critical to a successful city and I can’t wait to see the doors open in 2020.”

Mo Suleman, Director of Resources at Derby Museums, said, “It has been a pleasure working with Jason, who has helped enormously in difficult negotiations to bring all parties together to make The Silk Mill Museum of Making a reality. It’s been great to work with a local solicitors like Smith Partnership to resolve the legal aspects.”




Arts Council Hub for Derby

Bondholder Derby Theatre has been awarded £1.5m by Arts Council England to become a pilot Performing Arts Producing Hub from September 2019.

As one of only two venues selected as a Producing Hub, Derby Theatre will use the three years of funding to programme work in community settings across the city; produce new small-scale productions that will tour into these hubs and beyond; produce new mid-scale work which will play on the Derby Theatre main stage and produce new outdoor work which will play at festivals like Festé and across the city.

The exciting consortium of companies who will help to support, deliver and develop the Producing Hub model in Derby include: Bondholders Déda, Derby City Council, Derby County Community Trust, QUAD and the University of Derby, along with Baby People, China Plate, Crying Out Loud, Maison Foo, Milk Presents, Not Too Tame and Wild Rumpus.

Sarah Brigham (Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Derby Theatre) said:“We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded the Producing Hubs funding which will enable us to forge and develop new and exciting relationships with artists, local people and organisations across the city and beyond.”

Neil Darlison (Director, Theatre at Arts Council England) said: “These pilots will examine whether a better connected performing arts sector increases production capacity and provides greater opportunities for artists and audiences.”

In addition to the Arts Council England Funding, Derby Theatre along with Bondholders Artcore, Déda, Derby County Community Trust, Derby Museums, QUAD and Sinfonia ViVA, as well as Baby People and East Midlands Caribbean Carnival Arts Network (collectively known as the Derby Cultural Education Partnership) has also been awarded £1.1 million from the Arts Council Youth Performance Partnership Fund for the continuation of This is Derby.

The overall aim of the Arts Council’s Youth Performance Partnerships programme, through This is Derby, is to provide new opportunities for more children and young people, aged 8-18, particularly from areas of low cultural engagement and high levels of deprivation to take part in high quality cultural activities. It is a 3-year programme running until August 2022.

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Derby Ram Trail launched

Bondholder Derby Museums are seeking support from the local business community for the Derby Ram Trail; an amazing public art event threaded across the city next summer in support of the charity.

Launched today, The Derby Ram Trail will consist of around 30, five-foot high fibreglass sculptures in the shape of Derby’s mythical Ram.

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Each Ram needs a business sponsor, before being decorated by a commissioned artist. Once all 30 Rams are sponsored and decorated, they will go on public display between June and August 2020.

Tony Butler, Executive Director at Derby Museums, said: “The Derby Ram Trail is all about making public art accessible to the people of Derby and beyond - it’s a really fun way to bring people together to rediscover and take pride in their city.”

After the trail has finished, the sculptures will be brought together for one weekend, the Ram-union, before they are, auctioned off to raise money for Derby Museums’ Endowment Fund, helping to secure the future of Derby Museums.

The first details of the Derby Ram Trail were revealed today at an official Breakfast Launch at Derby Museum and Art Gallery, attended by over 130 business delegates from around the city and region.

Local sculptor Michael Pegler, who in 1995 created the famous stone ram now on Derby’s East Street, has generously allowed Derby Museums to use his Ram design for the Derby Ram Trail sculptures.

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The Derby Ram Trail is being led by Derby Museums in partnership with Wild in Art, a leading creative producer of spectacular free public art. Wild in Art trails have had a massive regional impact; attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors, generating millions for the local economy and raising substantial money for charity.

Ashley Lewis, Senior BID Project Manager for the Bondholder Cathedral Quarter BID, which has already pledged its support to the project, commented
“We are delighted to be the Presenting Partner of what promises to be a fantastic event for the city. We look forward to welcoming the Derby Ram Trail to the award-winning Cathedral Quarter, providing an invaluable boost to the economic, social and cultural life of the city.”

For more information about the Derby Ram Trail, or to receive a sponsorship pack, contact Amy Simcox, Head of Fundraising at Derby Museums on 01332 642287 or email: amys@derbymuseums.org. Project progress can be followed at www.derbyramtrail.org or on Twitter @DerbyRamTrail.




Eagle Engine connections

Bondholder Derby Museums is calling for stories on one of the star attractions of its new Museum of Making, due to open in 2020 - the Rolls-Royce Eagle Engine.

One of the stand-out objects is the Eagle Engine, which helped to power the first transatlantic flight by Alcock and Brown 100 years ago on June 14th and 15th 1919.

Do you have any connections to the Rolls-Royce Eagle Engine? Was someone in your family involved on the Eagle production line at Rolls-Royce? If so the Museum of Making wants to hear from you. The flight was also the first air mail plane and carried some interesting correspondence with it – did anyone in your family receive any mail from the flight?

The Eagle Engine is just one of over 50,000 objects that will go on display at the new Museum of Making when it opens its doors.

Tony Butler, Executive Director at Derby Museums said: “The new Museum of Making is being completely designed and put together with the people and industries of Derby. That is why we are issuing this call to find anyone with stories who can paint a wider picture about their involvement in this key milestone of aviation. It is those personal stories that will bring the Museum of Making to life and help inspire the maker in all of us."

Gill Fennell, Community Investment Manager, Rolls-Royce said: “We are incredibly proud of the role the Eagle Engine played in this amazing milestone in aviation history. As well as celebrating this key moment, we are also looking towards the future skills and expertise we need to help us pioneer new technologies."

If you have stories or connections related to Eagle Engines made by Rolls-Royce in Derby, or are interested in volunteering to help make the new Museum of Making please contact info@derbymuseums.org.

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Lego lands well

Bondholder MX Display has teamed-up with fellow Bondholder Derby Museums on its latest exhibition “Brick History: A World of LEGO Awaits."

Custom graphics, signage and portable displays are helping bring things to life at the exhibition which opened to the public at Derby Museum and Art Gallery on Friday 24 May and runs to Sunday 8 September, guiding visitors through colourful recreations of famous people and events, which have taken place throughout history, and is all brilliantly done using just Lego bricks.

MX Display has produced and installed a number of striking visuals, including a giant Jurassic wall mural in the children’s activity area, a cut-out rocket and astronaut, as well as a bespoke mirror frame and exhibition signage.

David Lister, MX Sales Director, said: “We worked with Derby Museums last year on their Wild exhibition and were thrilled to be asked to support again this year. Our studio and installation teams have had lots of fun with this project, and it’s great to be part of something in the heart of the city that visitors from across the UK can come and enjoy throughout the summer.”

Janine Derbyshire, Head of Visitor Experience at Derby Museums Trust, said: “MX Display have been so generous, going way above and beyond to support our latest exhibition.

Everything MX have produced and installed is of such high quality and their teams have been so professional from the outset – the giant dinosaur wall graphic is just brilliant and is already proving a big hit in the activity area!”

Details of the free exhibition can be found on Derby Museum’s website.


Leonardo da Vinci visits Derby Museums…

The Royal Collection holds one of the world’s greatest collections of drawings by Leonardo da Vinci. This spring, a selection of these exquisite drawings will travel to Bondholder Derby Museums Trust for a special exhibition marking the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance Master’s death.

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Never-before seen in the city, the works have been gathered together to reflect the full range of Leonardo’s interests, from painting, sculpture, architecture, and music, to anatomy, engineering, cartography, geology and botany. As so much of his life’s work was unrealised or destroyed, it is only in these drawings, and a handful of related manuscripts, that Leonardo’s greatest achievements survive.

This exhibition is part of a nationwide event, with simultaneous shows of Leonardo’s drawings at Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Southampton and Sunderland, providing the widest-ever UK audience the opportunity to see the work of this extraordinary artist.

Bondholders collaborate to deliver 'Essential Life Skills'

Bondholder Derby County Community Trust has launched a £1m project called ‘This Is Derby’ – an Essential Life Skills Programme which is funded by the Department for Education.

This innovative project will be delivered alongside Derby’s Cultural Education Partnership, with fellow Bondholders Déda, Derby Museums, Derby QUAD, Derby Theatre, and Sinfonia Viva, as well as Artcore, Baby People, East Midlands Caribbean Carnival Arts Network and Music Partnership taking a lead role for different areas.

The project is a collaboration between arts, culture and sport for 5-18 year olds in Derby, and was awarded the fund from the Department for Education as Derby is identified as an opportunity area, where educational attainment falls below the national average and alternative provision has been identified as impacting growth and learning.

‘This Is Derby’ will provide a minimum of 12 hours per week of extra-curricular activity in the nine most disadvantaged areas of the city: Abbey, Arboretum, Alvaston, Boulton, Chaddesden, Derwent, Normanton, Mackworth and Sinfin. In addition, there will be a citywide SEND hub, and a digital hub which will be co-ordinated by QUAD and invite the young people involved to enhance their digital skills.

Simon Carnall, Head of Community at Derby County Community Trust, spoke at the launch event, saying: “We are all fantastic organisations delivering amazing work in the city. However, the statistics speak for themselves and even with all this work, we sit at 303rd out 324th for social mobility in the country.

“We need to change, work together and grow to make sure our young people are progressing, achieving and believing in themselves. ‘This Is Derby’ is new, exciting and collaborative, and we can’t wait to hit the ground running and work on ‘closing the gap’ for those young people whose lives are essentially determined by the postcode they were born in."

There will be the opportunity for young people to voice their ideas and opinions on the project in order to ensure it is youth led and caters for the needs of the city’s youth. The project will open up opportunities for children and young people aged 5-18 and their families, but is not wholly exclusive and will not be restricted by means testing.

Alix Manning-Jones, Derby’s Cultural Education Producer, who has spearheaded the bid along with Will Turner from Derby County Community Trust, said: “I’m really enjoying working in partnership with the Trust and other sports organisations that the arts aren’t seen to usually work alongside.

“We’re looking forward to the kick-off roadshows to go to the communities in which they’ll be delivering in October to really begin to see the project in action.”

Derby Museums Midlands maker Challenge secures investment

Bondholder Derby Museums has announced that they have received a substantial donation, creating the basis for an exciting new competition – the Midlands Maker Challenge.

The investment from Midlands based engineering firm IMI plc will allow the new Museum of Making at Derby Silk Mill to run this innovative competition when it opens in 2020. School children, colleges, universities and adult education organisations will all be invited to take part, and submit their ideas individually and in teams. The Museum of Making will run a number of ‘ideas’ days to help people get their creative juices flowing and to tap into their inner-makers when responding to the creative challenges they will be set.

The basis for the Midlands Maker Challenge has come out of the work that Derby Museums delivered over three years on the ArtScience Prize UK, in partnership with local, national and international organisations. This involved artists, scientists, inventors and design specialists working with school children to develop their ideas and create a prototype solution around a cutting-edge theme. This work came to an end in 2015, but the learnings from the project have been used to shape this new competition.

Tony Butler, Executive Director of Derby Museums said: “I am delighted to announce this fantastic funding from IMI plc which is a real boost to the work of the Museum of Making and will give us a really hands-on way to get people involved in the rich history of creativity, innovation and making that Derby and the wider region are famous for.

 “This funding is only the starting point and we will be working over the coming months to shape the competition and encourage other industry leaders in the region to get on board and support this flagship activity which really showcases what we can do as a city and a region. We also know from the work we have done previously how this approach can really unlock people’s capacity for innovation and help us build the makers of the future.”

Derby Museums is currently in the process of recruiting staff to develop the Midlands Maker Challenge programme and it will be making more announcements about how businesses and education organisations can get involved as the development progresses.