Silk Mill Museum successful in Lottery Fund bid

The Museum of Making has come a step closer to being realised at the Silk Mill Museum as its announced they have been successful in securing £9.4million from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The money makes it the largest Lottery funded project in Derby to date and will be used toward the major refurbishment of the museum, including exhibitions co-created with local people and reintroducing elements of making and creating on the site. The work will also mean the whole building is once again used and is set to open in 2020 in time for the Mill’s 300th anniversary.

Other money has come from Derby City Council who contributed £4million, £3.45million of which was from the Local Growth Fund. Further money has come from private trusts and foundations.

The new galleries will showcase and provide public access to collections which are of local, national and global importance and mark Derby’s status as an important industrial city. The iconic building was itself a part of this history – sitting alongside the river at the southern end of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. There has been a mill on the site since around 1777 and through the production of silk is said to be the first successful use of the factory system in England.

Earlier this year the museum hosted the Weeping Window touring exhibition of ceramic poppies, many of which were created in Derby, before closing for the start of refurbishment work.

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