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Cabaret Mechanical Theatre
Cabaret Mechanical Theatre

CMT are delighted to bring 30 automata from their collection to the Museum of Making this winter. This interactive educational experience is perfect for children, families, school groups and adults.

Fri 10th Dec/Sun 13th Mar
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The Lampedusa Cross
The Lampedusa Cross UK tour

Made from the remnants of a boat carrying refugees wrecked near the Italian island of Lampedusa, close to the coast of Tunisia, the cross carries poignant messages about kindness, community and the indifference faced by many refugees.

Fri 10th Dec/Sun 6th Mar
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Peace Doves in the Community
Peace Doves in the Community

Take part in this mass participation large-scale art installation by decorating paper doves that will form part of it. The art installation will be in Derby Cathedral from 23rd April to 12th June 2022.

Fri 18th Feb/Fri 15th Apr
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New Lanark Conference
New Lanark 2022 A Living Legacy

New Lanark 3-day Conference to celebrate 3 important milestones and including presentations about the Derwent Valley Mills, and includes options for attending in person or virtually

Tue 1st Mar/Thu 3rd Mar
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The Circus and the Fair
The Circus and the Fair

An exploration of the links between the circus and the fair and may even touch on music hall as well.

Wed 2nd Mar
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Steam Babies
STEAM Babies

In this facilitator led session babies aged 0-3 and their adults can explore a range of themes through the lens of our fabulous collections.

Thu 3rd Mar
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First Fridays feminising the masculine
First Fridays Feminising the Masculine

Presented as part of International Women’s Day, artist and poet Margaret Gosley presents ‘Feminising the Masculine – how to stitch a jet engine’ an exhibition, workshop, talk and performance reimagining the Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engine.

Fri 4th Mar
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Discover the Royal Lancers
Discover the Royal Lancers

 Join our curator and volunteers in the Soldiers’ Story Gallery to discover more about the Lancers and their connections with the region

Sat 5th Mar
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Steampunk Cabaret
Steampunk Cabaret at the Museum of Making

Featuring The Captain of the Lost Waves, with support from Lady Violet Hugh and Greg Chapman!

Sat 5th Mar
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Antiques fair
Antiques Fair

Cromford Mills Antiques Fair is the ideal chance to browse quality antiques, relics and vintage collectables.

Sun 6th Mar
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Cranky Contraptions workshop
Cranky Contraptions Workshop

Make your own spring themed automaton* inspired by the special exhibition Cabaret Mechanical Theatre .

Sun 6th Mar
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Marion Adnams
The Life and Work of Marion Adnams

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2022, join our Senior Curator of Art, Lucy Bamford, to discover the story of the little-known 20th Century Derby artist, Marion Adnams. SOLD OUT

Wed 9th Mar
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collections revealed
Collections Revealed Shot Exploder

his time Curator of Making, Eilish Clohessy-Dennis, will be sharing one of her favourite objects – a mine shot.

Thu 10th Mar
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Steam Babies
Steam Babies

In this facilitator led session babies aged 0-3 and their adults can explore a range of themes through the lens of our fabulous collections.

Thu 10th Mar
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STEAM Tots
STEAM Tots

This loose parts play session offers a sensory and playful exploration of objects and materials, stimulating children’s curiosity, imagination and experimentation.

Sat 12th Mar
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Steam Babies
Steam Babies

In this facilitator led session babies aged 0-3 and their adults can explore a range of themes through the lens of our fabulous collections.

Thu 17th Mar
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Derby West Indian Community Association exhibition
Derby West Indian Community Association Culture and Legacy

The exhibition dives into the heritage of Derby West Indian Community Association, including Windrush generation memories and the experiences of younger members growing up in Derby.

Fri 18th Mar/Sun 31st Jul
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National Lottery Open Week
National Lottery Open Week exclusive tours of the Museum of Making

Join members of Derby Museums’ Visitor Experience team for an informal introductory tour of Derby Silk Mill, discovering how this fascinating building came to be, from its tumultuous history up to its present day incarnation as the Museum of Making

Sat 19th Mar/Fri 25th Mar
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Introduction to Weaving
Introduction to Weaving

In this creative workshop, professional artist Seiko Kinoshita will guide you through the process of creating your own woven textile art, from building a simple frame, to choosing your own design and materials, to weaving your finished piece.

Sat 19th Mar
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Artisan Market
Artisan Market

A marvellous Artisan Market showcasing local makers, artisans and producers at Cromford Mills.

Sun 20th Mar
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Steam Babies
Steam Babies

In this facilitator led session babies aged 0-3 and their adults can explore a range of themes through the lens of our fabulous collections.

Thu 24th Mar
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Tots Make and Do
Tots Make and Do

RESCHEDULED This time we will be joining in with British Science Week (11-20 March) and finding out all out measuring looking and some of the largest and smallest objects in the Museum.

Fri 25th Mar
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Creature cribs
Creature Cribs Woodworking Taster Course

Welcome in spring by creating your very own ‘creature crib’, for your garden visitors on this woodworking taster day course, perfect for beginners.

Sat 26th Mar
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STEAM Tots
STEAM Tots

This loose parts play session offers a sensory and playful exploration of objects and materials, stimulating children’s curiosity, imagination and experimentation.

Sat 26th Mar
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Derby History Tour
Historic Derby Guided Tour

Come on a guided tour and find out about the history of Derby: a Cathedral city in the centre of England, lying on the River Derwent, rich in history, culture and diversity.

Sat 26th Mar
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Mothers day afternoon tea and tour
Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea and Tour

Exclusive guided tour of the Museum of Making and an indulgent Afternoon Tea from the River Kitchen – a special treat for Mother’s Day.

Sun 27th Mar
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Cromford Mill
Going Green

Meet forward-thinking businesses who have already reduced costs and attracted new customers by going green.

Wed 30th Mar
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Steam Session
STEAM Session Creating Environments for Making

Our March STEAM Session will explore how we might go about creating environments for cross-curricular making in our own educational settings

Wed 30th Mar
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Steam Babies
Steam Babies

In this facilitator led session babies aged 0-3 and their adults can explore a range of themes through the lens of our fabulous collections

Thu 31st Mar
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Meet the Artist Hetain Patel
Meet the Artist Hetain Patel

Join us online for an exclusive evening with highly talented artist Hetain Patel – a visual artist and performance maker who works across multiple media and often asks big questions in his work around culture, identity and freedom

Thu 31st Mar
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