Grace's Guide

British Industrial History

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 148,369 pages of information and 233,846 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

The Silk Mill

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Rolls-Royce aero engine, one of many R-R piston and jet engines at the museum
c.1850 George Fletcher and Co grasshopper engine
Detail of Fletcher grasshopper engine
c.1880 George Fletcher steam pump
Intake end of Rolls-Royce Engines: RB 211 engine
Locomotive valve motion model. Made by Neilson and Co in 1874 for the Derby Works of the Midland Railway
Detail of valve motion model
Joshua Buckton and Co tensile testing machine, ex-Midland Railway Derby Works

The Silk Mill - Derby's Museum of Industry and History

The museum had a fascinating collection of artefacts relating to the city's industry, including the manufacture of silk textiles, aero engines, stationary steam engines, locomotives, etc. The site was part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site

NOTE: THE MUSEUM HAS CLOSED - The Silk Mill is currently undergoing a process of significant development to create the new Museum of Making. It is part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

- Check the website for up-to-date information

[1] Museum website

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