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Opening date set for £17m museum that will celebrate Derby’s rich industrial past

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Opening date set for £17m museum that will celebrate Derby’s rich industrial past

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Museum of Making will showcase 300 years of manufacturing and celebrate city’s innovations.

A date has been set for the opening of a new multi-million pound museum which will celebrate Derby’s rich history of manufacturing and innovation.

The Museum of Making, standing on the site of the world’s first factory - the Derby Silk Mill - is scheduled to open to the public on Saturday, September 19, 2020.

Designed and made by the people and industries of Derby, the museum, which is located in the Derwent Valley Mills UNESCO World Heritage Site, will explore the city’s 300-year history of making, while also celebrating local innovations.

Once open, visitors will have full access to the 50,000 objects in the museum’s collections. There will also be bespoke workshop spaces where visitors will be encouraged to “create and make”.

Among the star exhibits will be a Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine, built at the firm’s civil aerospace division in Sinfin.

Hanging above visitors from the ceiling in the museum’s Civic Hall, the engine has already been winched into place - and a triple height glass atrium that forms the entrance to the museum is being constructed around it.

As well as space for exhibits, the museum will boast a cafe, gift shop and space available for private hire for events such as weddings, charity balls, business meetings and conferences.

The Museum of Making is being developed by Derby Museums, an independent charitable trust that manages two other museums in the city - the Museum and Art Gallery and Pickford’s House.

Tony Butler, executive director at Derby Museums, said:“So far, more than 1,000 people have been involved in making the new Museum of Making, ensuring that the Silk Mill – a site of global significance – will be protected and enhanced for future generations to enjoy.

“With exhibits, workshops, regular activities and events, there will be something for everyone in this Grade-II listed building, which, for the first time will be fully accessible to all.

“With less than one year to go, we can’t wait to share the new Museum of Making with those living locally, and further afield, next September.”

The £17 million project is being funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England, D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership and a range of trusts and foundations.

Anne Jenkins, director of England, Midlands and East at The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “2020 is set to be a very exciting year as we welcome the Museum of Making’s opening, and it is sure to be a must-see destination for many National Lottery players who have raised the money to make this important project possible.

“It’s been wonderful to see the museum take shape within the significant heritage setting of the Silk Mill. It’s the perfect home to showcase the spirit of innovation that Derby is famed through the museum’s remarkable collection.”

Ahead of the opening in 2020, the public are being offered the chance to have their name, or the name of a loved one, permanently displayed in the entrance hall of the museum in exchange for a donation.

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Writteb by Robin Johnson - Business Live