The boundary of the World Heritage Site follows the River Derwent through Duffield, Darley Abbey and into the City of Derby. The Silk Mill is the southern gateway to the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site and is located in the Cathedral Quarter of the City. Whilst in Derby why not take a look around the Silk Mill and visit the Museum and Art Gallery?
Along the historic Iron Gate and Sadler Gate, you will find the Museum and Art Gallery, with its impressive Joseph Wright Gallery. This showcases portraits, landscapes and scenes of industry directly relevant to the story of the Derwent Valley Mills. The Joseph Wright Study Centre holds drawings, prints, letters and other supporting information relating to Wright’s life and work. Visit the new Coffee House in the Museum and treat yourself to a hot drink and cake, cold drink and snack surrounded by Royal Crown Derby, Pinxton ceramics, Derby Porcelain and many more.
In spring 2016, Derby Museum opened a new permanent gallery – notice nature, feel joy. This was the fruit of a year long programme in which the people of Derby – including volunteers, academics and specialists – were asked to explore their natural world inspired by the natural history collections. Hundreds of people participated and together a gallery of marvel and wonder was produced.
The Silk Mills is undergoing a major redevelopment and opening hours are restricted. The redevelopment project is called “Re-Make the Museum”, where artists and makers are designing and making the furniture and fittings for the ground floor, as well as planning how the space will function.