Donations sought as Museum of Making suffers flood damage

Image: Flooding at The Museum of Making in Derby (Derby Museums)

The Derby museum predicts a “significant loss of income” as a result of damage to its building

Public donations are being sought in the wake of flood damage at Derby’s Museum of Making.

Over the weekend, Derby Museums – the trust which operates the museum of industry and history – said severe weather conditions had exposed the building to substantial flood damage.

In an announcement, the trust said: “Whilst the building was designed to withstand an element of flooding and our teams worked tirelessly to move as much as possible off the ground floor, water levels are far higher than predicted at planning stage and the interruption to our day to day activity is likely to be substantial, with significant loss of income.

A Full assessment of the damage is planned at the Derby Silk Mill building after water has receded and it is safe to enter the building.

A photo shared by the trust shows water levels reaching the doors to the museum, which sits alongside the River Derwent.

“Our museums are already in a precarious financial position, we are now asking for your help to mitigate the impact of the damage and loss of income,” the trust said on Saturday.

“As a charity, we rely heavily on donations and earned income through events and catering, which is currently being affected by the flooding”.