The Trust has appointed two organisations to deliver building consultancy and exhibition and interpretation design services following a competitive tender process, as it continues to move forward with the development phase of its £16.4m transformation.
This marks the next stage in the five year Heritage Lottery Funded project and will take Derby Silk Mill Museum of Making through the development process.
The project will bring thousands of visitors to the city each year, displaying items from Derby’s rich industrial history, celebrating the makers of the past, while empowering members of the public to be a part of the museum’s future.
Bauman Lyons Architects has been appointed to progress Derby Silk Mill through to RIBA Stage 3 and will see a design developed for the building.
Bauman Lyons said: “We are delighted to be offered the opportunity to continue working with Derby Museums’ Silk Mill team to support their innovative approach and their vision of what museums can be in the future.
“We are also pleased to continue our involvement with Derby, where we have worked on other schemes, such as the refurbishment of Marble Hall in Osmaston and Sadler Bridge Studios.”
Leach have been appointed to work with the team at Derby Museums to develop the look and feel of the exhibition and learning spaces as specialists in developing inspirational visitor environments,
Leach are absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to work with Derby Museums. Innovation and creation is at the heart of the Mill’s history and at the heart of what we do as designers.
Quite often the design process can happen behind closed doors, but this project is uniquely focused around how communities can help co-create the museum, telling Derby Silk Mill’s amazing stories and showcasing the fantastic collection. We want to engage people, promote participation and encourage new ideas to create a Museum of Making which has a valued role for the whole community and continues to inspire for years to come.
Silk Mill Project Director, Hannah Fox, can’t wait for the creative process to get underway: “To get to this stage has taken a huge amount of planning and we are excited to be able to take the next step towards creating the Museum of Making.
“We were blown away by the creative approaches and principles of both organisations and believe we have the right people to help create a world class visitor attraction which will be a valuable asset for Derby and its communities.”
For more information on Derby Silk Mill and Derby Museums, please visit the website or keep in touch with the latest news and events on Twitter: @derbysilkmill