Derby Silk Mill Museum of Making

As advocates of community inclusion in heritage projects, we were delighted to be involved in the co-production process to inform the designs for the new Museum of Making at Derby Silk Mill.

We designed and facilitated a series of workshops which engaged the visiting public with a number of carefully crafted questions, designed to empower visitors to get involved and input into creating the new museum. Targeted interventions also ensured feedback was obtained represented a broad range of audiences including disabled visitors and schoolchildren.

The co-curation workshops provided valuable information and ideas on various topics, including interpretive techniques, artefact display ideas and emotional engagement with the museum. The workshops were entirely hands-on with visitors encouraged
touch objects, create their own mini-museums and even get involved with making and creating.

A comprehensive evaluation report informed a thorough interpretation plan and suite of concept designs. Completely informed by the inherent co-production process, the results have been intrinsic to successfully achieving funding for the £16.4 million renovation, including major grants from HLF and Arts Council England. Our work also included contributing to the activity plan.