Museum of Making, Derby

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On another short break back in Derbyshire (during the half-term) I checked one of Derby’s most popular tourist attractions, one that was hit by severe flooding several weeks beforehand but thankfully reopened in the first few weeks of 2024. Oh, and the attraction in question is free to enter – even better. So let’s step inside the Museum of Making.

Made in Derby and Derbyshire

The Museum of Making is situated within Derby’s Silk Mill and aims to tell about the city’s 300-year history of making with a view to inspiring future creativity. There are several exhibits on display highlighting the creative and manufacturing history of Derby of Derbyshire including:

  • a Toyota car (literally above the entrance)
  • a Rolls Royce airplane engine
  • a model railway display
  • a story of the Silk Mill and the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage site of which the Silk Mill is part of

There’s a good mix of permanent and temporary exhibits at the Museum of Making. At time of visit there was a fantastic replica model of the Lake District, all created in Lego. The Lego Lake District is on display until mid-April 2024 so if you want to see this superb re-creation then get yourself over to the Museum of Making in Derby before it’s too late.

Make a visit for yourself

I won’t give too much more away here other than to say that I wholeheartedly recommend a visit to the Museum of Making. There are several fantastic displays to admire here. I’m already thinking about visiting here again just to see any new exhibits that may come about.

Getting there

The Museum of Making is located at the Silk Mill in Derby City Centre and is a short walk away from the city’s main bus station. Entry is free (donations are welcome).

Address – Silk Mill Lane, Derby DE1 3AF

by Adam Thompson