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Derby. A city for all ages


The Silk Mill

Derby's Museum of Industry and History 
Silk Mill Lane, off Full Street, Derby, DE1 3AF

telephone: 01332 642234
fax: 01332 255108
minicom: 01332 256666

The Silk Mill from the riverside with new swing bridge  Quality assured visitor attraction award. enjoyengland.com   Link to Treasures of Derby welcome page   Link to The Silk Mill highlight treasure the RB211

The future of the Silk Mill

The Silk Mill will be mothballed for a period of time after Sunday 3rd April 2011.

Derby City Council is fully committed to realising a secure future for the Silk Mill, and will do everything it can to ensure that the building re-opens as soon as possible, and plays a big role in realising a positive future for the city.

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View from the Silk Mill tower of the Cathedral Green development, showing new blockwork and swing bridgeWhat's on?    current exhibitions    current events 

Dinky Toys Book coverNow available

Limited edition Dinky Toys - Diecast Delights exhibition guide. Buy your copy from The Silk Mill while stocks last.
 Dinky Toys 1934 to 2009 exhibition logo

Come and see the new Cathedral Green and swing bridge
, which crosses the River Derwent and provides a spectacular new viewpoint of the Mill.

About the Museum 
The Silk Mill Museum is on the site of the world's oldest factories, the Silk Mills built by George Sorocold in 1702 and 1717. The foundations and parts of the tower from the 1717 mill are still visible.

The displays tell the story of the industrial heritage and achievement of Derby and its people. There is a special emphasis on the development of Rolls-Royce aero engines and the railway industry. Other displays cover local industries such as mining, pottery and foundry work. The Power Gallery covers the story of motive power in industry with hands-on exhibits.

There is an area devoted to regularly-changing temporary exhibitions, and a programme of educational activities.

Visitors may use the Assembly Rooms car park. There is limited street parking on Full Street. Blue badge holders may park close to the Silk Mill entrance, but this should be arranged in advance by phoning the museum reception on 01332 642234
Facilities for disabled visitors
The museum is fully accessible to wheelchair users. Baby changing facilities and toilets for all visitors are on the first floor. 

Group visits
If you wish to visit the museum as an organised group, just let us know beforehand when you are coming and what you want to see. This helps us to ensure that your visit does not clash with other groups. We now have guided tours on Thursday or Friday mornings.

Education service
Teachers can lead their own visits, or book one of the sessions led by one of the museum's staff. We strongly recommend a preliminary visit. The Education team are always willing to meet teachers on site to discuss their specific requirements.We welcome schools to the museum, but all school visits must be booked beforehand. Please telephone 01332 641901 to make a school booking.

Midland Railway Study Centre
A research facility dealing with the Midland Railway, available at The Silk Mill.

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