Make Works Derby & Derbyshire

Make Works Derby & Derbyshire is led by Derby Museums and based at the Museum of Making at Derby Silk Mill. Our region so far represents a growing network of diverse, creative companies working in the region who are inspired by the makers of the past, and forging the way for the makers of tomorrow.

Make Works Derby & Derbyshire is co-produced with invaluable volunteer film makers, photographers and copy editors from University of Derby and Derby College

At Make Works Derby & Derbyshire we are driven by the bespoke, forward-thinking making and manufacturing happening on our doorstep, and are driven by co-producing opportunities to build connections, share knowledge and support growth within our region. By working collaboratively with local companies, professional film maker Andy Taylor-Smith, and Derby Museums staff and volunteers we aim to build these networks and promote change through our Make Works region.

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Our region is filled with a rich and imaginative range of making, from traditional crafts such as knitting, pottery, glass-blowing and wood-working, to more contemporary processes such as, digital textiles, laser cutting and upcycling. We are inspired by the people and stories behind these companies, their passion and drive to show others the work they are doing and support them in getting involved themselves. In Derby and Derbyshire it is this sense of community and enthusiasm which we are keen to share globally to map the manufacturing landscape in our locality.

The films featured on Make Works Derby & Derbyshire are on display at the Museum of Making and curated around the Make Works material taxonomies which help us to navigate our collections of making. These draw connections between what is happening today, and the historical landscape of Derby & Derbyshire.

The team

Laura Dudley

Regional Champion for Make Works Derby & Derbyshire at Derby Museums.

Partners & Funders

We work with aspiring film makers, photographers and copy editors studying at University of Derby and Derby College as part of our volunteer training programme which supports them in developing professional and personal skills in a creative, museum environment.
We are grateful to our partners at University of Derby and Derby College to be able to offer this exciting volunteering  programme to their students.

To develop and deliver the Museum of Making programme we are supported by major grant funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England, Local Growth Fund by D2N2 the Local Enterprise Partnership and Derby City Council. Significant support has also been received from Rolls-Royce and a range of charitable trusts and foundations.


Manufacturers in region: 28

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The Smallprint Company

This print studio produces small letterpress print runs for individuals and b...


Curiousa & Curiousa

Curiousa & Curiousa design and manufacture hand-blown glass lighting from the...


JMJ Pottery

JMJ Pottery throw bespoke pots and create handmade domestic stoneware and con...

Castle Donington

Gordon Ellis & Co- High-Pre...

Gordon Ellis & Co are a quality supplier of high-precision woodworking, manuf...

Plastics and Rubber