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"I may have a new favourite museum. It’s a museum that is inherently social, embedded in local communities, smartly run and above all a museum that – if happy faces are a metric – does a lot of good. This museum is the Derby Silk Mill.”- Jasper Visser, Museum of the Future

Museum 2.0: New Approach, Historic Mission: Remaking a Factory Museum via Community Co-Production

Executive Director of Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History and author of The Participatory Museum writes about Re:Make the Museum project in her blog

Last week we had a busy day meeting local school pupils when we visited the Big Bang Fair at The Roundhouse Derby. This year we took a Makey Makey along and invited students to create electric currents using the invention kit! We used fruit, jelly, pencil scribbles and cutlery to create musical keyboard sounds on a laptop! For more information on the Makey Makey, go to 

A sneak peek at what will be available to mix up and be inspired by at this years @museomixuk with @JonathanMuseum - Museuomixuk will be at the Silk Mill in November.

Find out more about the Re:Make project to shape an experimental museum space at the Silk Mill by click Remake in the left-hand menu to visit to Tumblr site. You can also watch this 5 minute film!

ArtScience Prize UK - Derby students take the world by storm!

Watch the film to find out more about Derby young people’s experience in the ArtScience Prize! The UK ArtScience Prize is a programme through which students develop innovative art and design ideas informed by concepts at the frontiers of modern science. Over the course of fifteen weeks in early 2013, student teams were mentored by artists and scientists and guided through the ArtScience Prize Ideas Translation process. Part of a worldwide network of ArtScience Prize sites, the UK pilot enabled teams of young people from Derby and South East London to join the International Innovation Workshop in Paris at Le Laboratoire in June 2013. Derby Museums has led the development of the ASP programme in Derby in partnership with Ignite Futures. This year’s programme has just started. If you are interested in finding out more about how you or your organisation could get involved - get in touch by emailing

Derby Mini Maker Faire 2013 was a huge success! Over 1200 people came along to see projects, share making ideas and get hands on with painting, knitting, soldering, rope making, science experiments, furniture building and more!


Moving on from last weeks half scale workshops #remakemuseum participants have a go at full scale making. 

Groups were asked to pick a product, create a rough design as well as thinking about how it used and where it would work in the space. Using a range of materials including card, wood, foam and plastic the sketches were made into rough prototypes.

Fancy taking part? Go to to book on to a workshop. 


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Derby Mini Maker Faire 2013