27 May 2014

Re-Make - re-imagining Derby's Silk Mill*

This week I took grand daughter out for a walk as she finding it difficult to settle due to a cold.  We wandered along the banks of the River Derwent, towards town and came across The Silk Mill, which happened to be open: interesting as it's been closed for some time.  

We went inside and found out the following information - The Silk Mill is in the process of reinventing itself for the 21st Century, through reviving the principles of the Enlightenment and expanding traditional perspectives of what a museum is and can be.

The concept has been developed from a desire to reflect Derby's 300 year story of innovation; starting with the Silk Mill as the site of the world's first factory, through to the modern day city as a leading in advanced engineering and manufacturing.

Get involved ...
Derby Silk MillAs part of this project we are invited to take part in an exciting and ground-breaking community project to 'Remake the Museum'.

Working with our design team, including our first 'makers-in-residence' TILT, this innovative project provides opportunities for people to become citizen curators, designers and makers, learning new skills or applying skills they already have to support a unique project at the site of the world's first factory!

To find out more, or sign up to the programme by visiting www.derbymuseums.org/remake (or Twitter @derbysilkmill #remakemuseum).

At present the museum is open Thursdays 3pm - 9pm; Fridays 1pm - 5pm; Saturdays 1pm - 5pm and Sundays 11am - 3pm (http://www.derbymuseums.org/thesilkmill/ and https://www.facebook.com/derbysilkmill?ref=hl). 

For the mill's location see:  https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/The+Silk+Mill+Museum/

*Remake is funded by The Arts Council of England, Derby City Council and the 'happy museum'. (see: http://www.derbymuseums.org/)

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