Wedding Photography at Derby Museum of Making

Derby Museum of Making

Derby Museum of Making resides in the Silk Mill which is part of Derwent Valley Mills Heritage Trail. This historic building makes a great backdrop for your photos with trendy industrial vibes and is a fantastic party space with easy access to the city centre and the river.

If you choose to get married at Derby Museum of Making then you better be prepared for a good old knees up. On the ground floor of what is considered to be the world’s first factory you will find a massive open space in The Italian Mill, perfect for both ceremonies and as a reception space. The team can turn this room around whilst you have your drinks reception. Next to it is the Civic Hall which has exhibits celebrating Derby’s 500 years of making, including an ‘exploded’ Toyota car hanging from the ceiling and a seven tonne Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine. Both of which look fantastic in the background of your photos. Especially if you have a connection to these companies, as so many Derby locals do.

The Museum of Making is on the edge of Derby’s Cathedral Quarter which has some charming pedestrianised streets. It is next to the River Derwent and on Cathedral Green. All of these locations are great for portrait or group shots. If the weather’s okay on the day, the team at the museum might allow you up into the bell tower which has great views out over the city.

The Silk Mill is just one of several museums run by Derby Museums, all of which have spaces available for hire. You can even mix and match between your ceremony venue and your reception venue. If you’re interested in The Silk Mill you should also check out Derby Museum & Art Gallery, The Old Library and Pickford’s House. Check out their website here.

Please drop me a line if you’re considering getting married in any of these spaces. They’re all walking distance from my home, and well known to me. I’d love to discuss your options to see if I might be the right photographer for you.

Wedding photographer Emma Duder sits on the steps near the cathedral in her home town of Derby holding her camera


Emma Duder

Emma Duder has been photographing weddings in the Derbyshire, Peak District and wider Midlands area since 2016. She lives in Derby with her tolerant husband, wilful daughter and senile cat. In addition to photographing weddings and families, she also gets a kick out of photographing local theatre and is a photography instructor with Derby Photography Group.