• Jo Leigh

Boom Review: Derby Ram Trail & The Museum of Making

Updated: Jul 20, 2021

Over half term we went on part of the Derby Ram Trail (available until 22nd Aug)

You can download the APP to do this or pick up a trail map from Derby Museum or The Museum of Making.

We decided to make our main focus of the trip to check out the recently re-opened and refurbished Museum of Making at the Silk Mill, so we only did part of the trail nearby, but the kids thought the Rams were brill. We are definitely going back soon to do the full trail dotted around the city centre. The Rams are designed by different local artists and organisations and are big, vibrant statues that are really fun to spot on approach and run up to and explore!

The Museum of Making is FREE to explore, the staff were really welcoming and on hand to chat and as you enter the glass fronted building you can’t but help gaze up at the hanging car parts and the giant Rolls Royce aircraft engine suspended from the ceiling.

There are 3 floors, but lifts are available and the café is part of the hallway on the ground floor.

There is plenty to see and read about with displays of artefacts linking to 300 years of Derby’s history. There are some interactive bits too, but Boom Boy’s favourite was the room with a miniature steam railway.

The studio facilities are particularly impressive, I look forwards to seeing what workshops and interactive activities will be coming up in the museums events calendar. I can see they have Steam Tots sessions coming up soon. On our trip we were invited to sign out an iPad and use it to photograph the exhibitions and the kids could then choose their favourite image to be projected on the wall in the entrance to the museum.

Out of the 4 children we took, the 2 year old was perhaps only interested in the train room, the 5 year old loved the iPad activity, the 7 year old wanted to rush through and only really stopped to enjoy the interactive bits and was keen to get back to the RAM trail and the 10 year old could have spent hours in there reading all the historic information. So I guess the length of time you spend there is all very dependent on the age and interests of your child. Therefore my recommendation is to make ‘half a day’ of it and do the RAM trail too, stopping off at the museums on route (Derby Museum on the Strand has some great stuff going on too!) and enjoy the big open space overlooking the river just outside the museum for a picnic stop!

Check out the latest activities at: https://www.derbymuseums.org/museum-of-making/

The bus station is a short walk away and plenty of town car parks nearby.

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