A real family-friendly highlight of the annual programme, this will be the fourth Maker Faire held at this historic site of the world’s first factory. For the first time, there will be a Maker Showcase Marquee outside on Cathedral Green where visitors can meet the 70 Makers attending – making this the biggest Faire held so far.
Derby Museums are delighted to welcome a diverse range of Makers who will be sharing their projects and making processes. Meet Makers from Rolls-Royce, DerwentWISE, the British Science Association, The Big Bubble Man and from Hackspaces around the country. Local Maker Johnny White will bring provide a fantastic finale to the event at 4pm with The Fire and Ice Show.
Hannah Fox, Silk Mill Project Director, said: “Our fourth Maker Faire promises to be an amazing experience for all the family – with nearly double the number of makers compared to our previous years and a chance to expand the Silk Mill space out onto Cathedral Green.
“We are so delighted to welcome outstanding local makers, joined by makers from further afield. The Derby Mini Maker Faire provides the perfect opportunity for makers of all sizes to showcase their work and for visitors to explore and engage in hands-on experiences for learning and enjoyment. It is so fitting that this event is borne out of The Silk Mill as the site of the world’s first factory.”
As part of The Silk Mill’s monumental five year transformation in to The Museum of Making, there will be a brand new exhibition running throughout Derby Mini Maker Faire 2015 – Museum of Making: Lite, an opportunity to take a closer look at some highlights of the Museum collection, brought out of storage especially for this spectacular event.
Daniel Martin, Curator of Making, said: “The Museum of Making: Lite presents a wonderful opportunity to get even more of our collections out on display, many of which have never been seen by the public before. It will be a meaningful taster of what’s to come from The Silk Mill in the future.
“It will also show how modern practices, such as hacking, that will be on show throughout the Maker Faire, have their roots in the city’s historic collections.
One key object from this display is a beautiful wind-tunnel model for aerodynamic testing from the LMS research works in Derby. It’s a wonderful example of the internationally significant research that has always taken place in the city and continues today.”