The museum and the River Derwent
Derby Silk Mill, formerly known as Derby Industrial Museum, is a museum of industry and history in Derby, England. The museum is located on the former site of Lombe's Mill, a historic silk mill which marks the southern end of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. The site was adapted for use as Derby's Industrial Museum, which opened on 29 November 1974.
Derby City Council temporarily closed the museum on 3 April 2011 to free funds for the redevelopment of the Silk Mill museum and other museums in the city. The Report of the Strategic Director of Neighbourhoods (Item 7 put before the Council Cabinet meeting held on 26 October 2010) indicated that this would result in the loss of 8.6 full-time jobs but would release £197,000 a year to mitigate the loss of "Renaissance Programme" funding. No date for re-opening was given in the report, although a period of two years was reported.
The Silk Mill Redevelopment Project has now started, with an expected completion date of 2019/2020. Until the project is complete the majority of the museum is closed, with limited opening hours.
In October 2013 a programme started to reinvent the museum for the 21st century incorporating the principles of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM). The museum is now open 2 days a week.
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