Latest News | 16 May 2024

Museum of Making receives international recognition

Derby Museums Trust
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Derby Museums is celebrating after the Museum of Making was recognised at the prestigious European Museum of the Year Awards 2024.

The Museum of Making was among 50 from across Europe to be shortlisted – and one of only three from the UK to be named as finalists.

The winner of the European Museum of the Year Award 2024 was The Sámi Museum Siida, the national museum of the Sámi people of Finland – the only recognised indigenous culture in Europe.

However, the Museum of Making was awarded a special commendation at the ceremony, which took place in Portimao, in Portugal.

Tony Butler, executive director of Derby Museums, said: “I am thrilled that the Museum of Making has received a special commendation at the European Museum of the Year Awards 2024.

“The Museum of Making is absolutely committed to encouraging participation, curiosity and learning and it was fantastic to see this recognised.”

Organised by the European Museum Forum, the European Museum of the Year Annual Conference and Awards Ceremony brings together leading members of the European museum community to showcase the best in innovation and excellence, in new or redeveloped museums, with the aim of recognising quality in the European museum scene.

Special commendations are given to museums that have developed a new and innovative approach in specific aspects of their public service and from which other European museums can learn.

A total of six special commendations were given this year, with the Museum of Making being the only UK museum to receive the honour.

The Museum of Making has attracted more 300,000 visitors since it opened following a multimillion-pound transformation in May 2021.

Standing on what is widely regarded as the site of the world’s first modern factory at Derby Silk Mill, this pioneering museum tells Derbyshire’s 300-year history of making, innovation, and technology to inspire new creativity.

Designed and made by the people and industries of Derby with exhibits, workshops, activities and events, there is something for makers of all ages.

Amina Krvavac, chair of the awards, said: “This museum is an example of how industrial heritage can be used in a participatory way to enhance the skills of its visitors and make STEM inclusive and connected to contemporary society.

“Visitors will find various exhibitions, events, workshops, and hands-on activities, making this manufacturing history museum a dynamic place for creativity, acquiring new skills, experimentation, and cooperation.”

Tony said: “It was a humbling and inspiring experience to share the stage with museums from across Europe.

“I would like to congratulate The Sámi Museum Siida on their success and all the winners and fellow nominees on their exceptional work, including UK-based museums the Museum of the Home in London and The Burrell Collection in Glasgow.

“I am, as always, hugely thankful to my wonderful colleagues who have built and run this museum often in really challenging circumstances.”

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