Brand new Museum of Making in Derby opens for the first time

Brand new Museum of Making in Derby opens for the first time

Two weeks today (Friday 21st May) the UK’s newest, world-class visitor attraction – The Museum of Making – is opening its doors for the first time.

The new museum is in the heart of Derby, and is situated where Derby Silk Mill, widely regarded as the site of the world ‏’‏ s first modern factory, first stood over 300 years ago. It also sits within the Derwent Valley Mills UNESCO World Heritage Site. 
The Covid-19 lockdowns have sparked a renewed interest in, and love for, making. With programmes like The Repair Shop growing in popularity, the Museum of Making will harness the nation’s newfound passion for creativity and making, encouraging visitors to get creative and inspiring the next generation of innovators. The museum opens in the same week that  cultural sites and visitor attractions in England are able to welcome visitors again, post-lockdown.

Reporters/photographers/broadcast crews are welcome to attend but there is limited capacity due to COVID restrictions. 
Please contact us for further information or to register an interest in:

  • Previews/prefilming ahead of the 21st May
  • Filming/interviews/reporting on the day
  • Zoom/phone interviews 
  • High-res images and b-roll in advance, under embargo for the 21st May

Simon Oliver: / 07720 438 007
Adela Cragg: / 07532 685 614
Bookings for the museum are now available online. Entry is free, but due COVID restrictions, visitors will need to book a timeslot in advance. To find out more, visit

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