Applications are now CLOSED

A huge thank you to who everyone who has applied to take part in the third Derby Mini Maker Faire. We can see from the applications that this year is going to be bigger and better than last year- and we’re not just saying that!

Applications for the makers call out is now closed. If you have applied we’ll be getting in touch with you very soon. In the meantime, watch this space and the Twitter feed for news and updates. Oh, and if you haven’t already, pop Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 October in your diaries!


A huge thank you to everyone who has applied to take part in the third Derby Mini Maker Faire. It’s not too late to apply to take part this year and join the jewellers, hackers, crafters, mini makers, robots and scientists! Just fill out our super simple registration form. DEADLINE: Monday 1 September.


Becoming a sponsor of Derby Mini Maker Faire is a great way for your business to support inspiring the next generation of makers, creators and innovators as well as being part of this exciting event.

Go to the Sponsor Us page for more information.


CALL FOR MAKERS- Derby Mini Maker Faire 2014

Makers, crafters, shed-dwellers, knitters, engineers, bakers, hackers- our call for makers is now out!
If you’re interested in being a part of this years Derby Mini Maker Faire, click here to complete our super short form!


Maker Faire 2013 was a blast!

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Huge thanks from all at Derby Museums to our sponsors, partners and visitors to the 2nd Derby Mini-Maker Faire! We had over 1100 people through the doors of the newly refurbished Silk Mill ground floor and it was a real … Continue reading

Derby Mini Maker Faire is nearly here!

Sneak PeekWith less than a week to go until Derby Mini Maker Faire, we are extremely excited to not only hold the second Derby Mini Maker Faire but to also launch the redeveloped ground floor space of The Silk Mill.

Here’s a little sneak peek of the space where the makers, workshops, café and activities will take place this Saturday. If you are famililar with the space from last years faire or from visiting The Silk Mill before it was mothballed, you can see that it has been stripped back to the core materials in which it was  made from. The asbestos has been removed and the walls have been sandblasted to reveal the original brick, along with new lighting, floor and a lick of paint.

As well as a fantastic range of makers and workshops available this weekend, you can get involved in shaping the ground floor space at The Silk Mill. Working with TILT, makers-in-residence at the mill, there will be the opportunity to think about who would use the space, how it could be used and what would be in it, plus designing and building furniture and fittings!

We look forward to seeing you there on Saturday but in the meantime, take a look at the project so far and register to take part here

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Take a look at who will be joining us at Derby Mini Maker Faire 2013


EVENT DATE CONFIRMATION: Derby Mini Maker Faire 2013, Saturday 23rd November

The exciting first stage refurbishment of the ground floor at The Silk Mill is well underway, despite an extended asbestos removal (just one of the challenges of working with an historic building!). To ensure that everything is done to have a safe and clean ground floor space for our visitors, we felt it prudent to adjust the proposed date of the Derby Mini Maker Faire to a confirmed date of Saturday 23rd November 2013.

We are reopening the call to makers to give those of you who couldn’t make the draft date, the opportunity to join us in November. To apply please go to

The closing date for new applications is Wednesday 16th October 2013.
Previous applicants need not reapply.

If you have any queries do not hesitate to contact Kim Miller on 01332 642234 or 

Call out for Makers for Derby Maker Faire 2013!

The second Derby Mini Maker Faire is planned to take place at Derby Silk Mill (the former Industrial museum) from 25th – 27th October 2013. It will be an opportunity for makers to interact with each other, to share ideas, and to show examples of their work, projects, crafts, inventions, products and hacks in a vibrant fair-style event. We encourage you to join the fun and enter a project to exhibit – even if it isn’t finished yet.

Makers- to apply follow the link
Deadline for applications is Monday 16th September

Everyone is welcome to visit the Maker Faire on Saturday 26th October – families and maker fans come one, come all!