Assemble: Derby’s Making Festival

A celebration of makers and all things making

Meet the makers and discover what you can make!

Produced by Derby Museums, Assemble is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, which celebrates making in all its shapes and forms. 2022’s event saw audiences of over 1,000 in attendance and featured more than 50 makers on-site, with demonstrations in everything from ceramics and embroidery to laser-cutting, weaving, jewellery-making, metalwork, robotics and automata. Visitors were invited to take part in special workshops; a Chocolate Investigation Lab run by Rolls-Royce, clay-modelling with Aardman Animations, and letterpress printing from The Smallprint Company.

Assemble brings together artists and makers from varied disciplines to share their passion and skills with the public and to encourage others to have a go at making themselves. For makers, Assemble offers an opportunity to share creative passions and skills, to network with other makers and artists and to inspire makers of the future, all in the glorious surroundings of the Museum of Making, a UNESCO World Heritage that is widely regarded to be the site of the world’s first factory.

Help us MAKE Assemble 2024

Assemble is back October 26 2024, if you’re a Maker or Artist who would like to get involved in Derby’s Making Festival this year, we would love to hear from you. Please fill out the application form here.

Deadline for applications is 5pm, Friday 9th August 2024, successful applicants will be informed by early September. If you have any questions, please contact Dan Webber at

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