Rolls-Royce Aircraft Engine Winched into the New Museum of Making, Derby

Whilst families are enjoying the summer holidays, staff and volunteers have been busy continuing to create the new Museum of Making in Derby, on the site of the world’s first factory. The latest phase in this £17 million development is the installation of the Derby-made Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine, which was winched into the new Museum by a team of specialists earlier this month. Excitingly, just one year from now, the new Museum of Making will be crammed full of 50,000 objects – large and small – for the public to explore, engage with and even make their own versions.

Installing the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 aircraft engine – which powered the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on its maiden flight in 2006, and has carried more than 150 million passengers around the world to date – is the latest chapter in the new Museum’s creation, which is set to open for the first time in September 2020.

The Trent 1000 is a feat of modern engineering: the fan at the front of the engine is more than nine feet across, and sucks in more than a tonne of air every second at take-off.  The blade tip travels at more than 900mph – faster than the speed of sound and when flying, the temperature inside the hottest parts of the engine can be almost half as hot as the sun.

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GCA is delighted to be part of the transformation of the Silk Mill in Derby into the MUSEUM OF MAKING.