I have a major photo book coming out in the summer of 2016, depicting the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, which yesterday received a fantastic boost: Heritage Lottery funding of £9.38m for the Derby Silk Mill ‘Museum of Making’ project.
Even more amazing, the full project costs are predicted to be £16.4m, £4m of which has been committed by Derby City Council.
Here’s a picture of the great and the good cracking open the bubbly outside the Mill before we headed off to one of the storerooms for another photo op.
All that stuff in there will gradually be dusted down and displayed. It’s going to take five years so the spiders will get plenty of notice before they have to take their cobwebs elsewhere.
In amongst the clutter of artefacts are Peter Smith and Tony Butler of Derby Museums Trust, Jim Harker, Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund Committee for the East Midlands and Gill Fennell, Community Investment Manager at Rolls-Royce.
This is wonderful news for our World Heritage Site. Could Belper Mill be next in line for some major funding? Hope so.