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FEATURE


Architect’s impression of Derby Silk Mill Museum of Making


MADE IN THE EAST MIDLANDS Its Autumn show of prints of Japanese Ghosts and


Demons from the Ashmolean and Japanese Nature Studies from its own collection was opened by the Japanese Ambassador to the UK and Marvin Cooke, MD of Toyota UK. At a local level, increasing numbers of visitors to the museum has had a significant impact on the footfall to Derby’s Cathedral Quarter retail area. Derby Museums is shortly to lead a programme to


develop dynamic and inclusive cultural and community leaders. The Transforming Leadership programme is funded by the Arts Council and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Building on a successful model developed in the USA by National Arts Strategies, the UK Creative Community Fellowship programme will enable up to 50 emerging leaders from cultural and community-based organisations around the UK to benefit from a blended approach to knowledge and skills development. This will put the East Midlands right at the heart of developing future community leaders. Derby Museums has also evolved from a


By far its biggest endeavour is the £17m refurbishment of


Derby Silk Mill, part of the Derwent Valley Mills UNESCO World Heritage Site, to create the UK’s first Museum of Making. Due to open in September 2020 the museum, built on the site of the world’s first factory, will showcase 300 years of manufacturing in the city. Derby Museums has worked with some of the East


Midlands’ major companies such as Rolls Royce, Bombardier and Toyota, as well Smith of Derby and Pentaxia, to bring this heritage right up to date. This prestigious development will inspire the next generation of maker and innovators. This development has secured Derby Museums’


reputation for innovation and prestige. Earlier in 2019 Derby Museum and Art Gallery was one of several UK venues chosen to host a major exhibition of works by Leonardo da Vinci from the Royal Collection.


commercial point of view; galleries are designed to be multi-functional. The recent co-produced World Collections Gallery can also be hired for conferences and dinners which not only bring a different audience to the museum, but also allows the museum to earn income. As Derby Museums sees out 2019, it is


excited about the prospects for 2020. The Derby Ram Trail is due to take part next summer with 30 five-feet-high Ram sculptures dotted around Derby city centre helping to promote the city and bring vibrancy. Companies wishing to take part and sponsor a Ram can still do so as there are still a handful of opportunities.


‘Prince Kurokumo and the Earth Spider’ by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (copyright Ashmolean Museum)


58 business network December 2019/January 2020


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