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Crich Tramway Village

      
Matlock Derbyshire England
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COVID-19 UPDATE

Crich Tramway Village, home to the National Tramway Museum, will re-open to the public from Saturday 11th July 2020, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and weekends initially.

The venue has been closed since 20th March due to the Covid 19 pandemic, but with the latest government advice and loosening of some restrictions, intends to open with guidelines and social distancing in place.

Social distancing, hand sanitizing, PPE for staff, screens at information points and tills, take-away catering service, and one-way directional guidance with no interactives in exhibitions, are some of the measures which the management team have implemented.

The trams, which are crewed by a team of volunteers, will be limited, and face coverings should be worn as per the national guidance for public transport.

Members of the public will need to book a timed ticket for tram rides on arrival, and there will only be one stop for getting on and alighting the trams, to help ensure the safety of passengers, volunteers and staff.

General Manager, Dr Mike Galer said:

"The measures we have in place follow the guidance of the government, local authority and Public Health England. VisitEngland has approved our measures via their 'Good To Go' standard. We hope our visitors understand that there will be restrictions on our normal offering, and we appreciate their patience in these difficult times.

"Many of our regular visitors are keen to return, and we look forward to welcoming them and new visitors from 11th July. We have produced a 'Covid 19 Crich Tramway Village guidance' sheet, which describes what visitors can expect and this can be downloaded from our website: www.tramway.co.uk".

In line with other venues, the indoor soft play area will remain closed and the numbers in indoor areas such as the shops and on the trams will be limited. Card and Contactless payments are preferred and full-priced tickets can be purchased online.

For those who prefer not to take tram rides at the moment, special day rates without tram rides have been introduced, and these are payable on arrival.

For further information please visit www.tramway.co.uk or if you have a query, please email: enquiry@tramway.co.uk


 

Crich Tramway Village is no ordinary day out. The village setting of lovingly restored buildings is not only the perfect home for the nations collection of vintage trams but gives visitors the opportunity to experience the nostalgia of a time now past.

Don't be fooled however by the relaxed and friendly atmosphere as there's a lot to see and do. Trams run to and fro all day long carrying visitors down the period street and out into the surrounding countryside to make the most of the breathtaking views across the Derwent Valley.

Visitors are welcome to ride the electric trams, though it's hard not to be distracted by all the other activities going on.
The Workshop Gallery gives you the opportunity to watch engineers close up as they go about servicing working vehicles and carrying out restoration work on needy trams. 

Across the depot yard you will find the exhibition hall, which tells the story of the tram from its horse drawn origins to the near silent electric vehicles working today.

Alongside this is the History Maker's Exhibition – 'The Creative Genius of Michael Holroyd Smith', the pioneering inventor for the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
In the heart of the Village is George Stephen Discovery Centre, which looks at social history and the need to develop tramways in towns and cities across the UK.

The Derby Assembly Rooms is home to two small exhibitions, 'Survive and Thrive – the Electric Era' and 'The Mobile Post Box – Mail by Tram'.

The buildings which make up the Village have come from all parts of the country, many demolished brick by brick before being transported to Crich and lovingly rebuilt and restored. Here within the heart of the Village you will find our gift shop, and should you need refreshment, there are also the Village café. 

Children can let off steam in the adventure playground.

Location & Opening Times
Crich Tramway Village is located in the heart of Derbyshire, 6 miles from Matlock and 8 miles from M1 junction 28, follow the brown signs for "Tramway Museum".

 

   www.tramway.co.uk

 

 

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Haddon Hall

      
Bakewell Derbyshire England
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Haddon Hall has been welcoming guests for hundreds of years, always enchanting visitors with its beauty and atmosphere.

 


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Midland Railway, Butterley

             
Ripley Derbyshire England
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As soon as you enter Butterley Station you are transported back in time. The station building has been lovingly re created on its original site even down to the milk churns and egg boxes in the booking hall.


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Arkwright's Cromford Mill

      
Cromford Derbyshire England
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D4C 4512Hidden Histories of the Industrial Revolution: Enslaved People and Women

The Arkwright Society joins the Zoom revolution with their first virtual Industrial Revolution Conference on Saturday 7th November. The Industrial Revolution Conference has been running for six years with a diverse range of topics and expert speakers.
This year, leading experts on the Industrial Revolution will set out their views about the time when Britain changed in every way. They will talk about the partly 'hidden histories' in this context of enslaved peoples and women.
Our first keynote speaker, Professor Maxine Berg of Warwick University will look at Slavery and the Wealth of Nations by going back to the Royal African Company in the late 1600s, when Edward Colston was a Director. The use of enslaved peoples on the sugar plantations of the West Indies paved the way for the later work of enslaved peoples in the revolution of cotton production.
Professor Emma Griffin, University of East Anglia, the second keynote speaker, has extensively researched workers in the Industrial Revolution through their journals, diaries and letters, and will discuss Victorian women workers after men 'stole' their work spinning in the mills.
For the first time, a speaker will feature direct from Sao Paulo University in Brazil. Thales Pereira will discuss the role of Brazilian cotton in the Industrial Revolution and consider the role of slavery and markets in its supply.
Susanne Seymour, Deputy Director of the Institute for the Study of Slavery at Nottingham University, will talk about her large project on the raw cotton sources for the Strutt Mills in Belper. The Strutts were the lead supplier of cotton thread in the UK in the late 18th/19th centuries. Their cotton was mostly supplied by Thomas Tarleton, who was himself directly involved in the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
Then Cliff Lea, a Cromford Mills guide, will talk about the later Arkwrights who served as Members of Parliament in the 19th century, including one who served in the West Africa Squadron, the British Navy patrol which tried to reduce the activities of slavers after the British Abolition Act of 1834.

Tickets are in limited supply, book your place today at www.cromfordmills.org.uk/events

 

The Arkwright Society receives £717,400 lifeline grant from Government's £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund

 

The Arkwright Society at Cromford Mills receives £250,000 of National Lottery support to help address the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on heritage

Sir Richard Arkwright's Cromford Mills has received £250,000 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to help the Arkwright Society charity reopen the gates and welcome visitors back to the historically significant site in Cromford, Derbyshire.
Since the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown began Cromford Mills has had to cancel over 70 events and furloughed most of the Arkwright Society employees. During the closure Cromford Mills took a significant financial hit without being able to generate income from ticket sales, events, shop and café purchases, educational visits and room hire. The site continued to be cared for by a few members of the team, looking after the mill buildings and performing essential business operations. Behind the scenes, there have been many hours spent exploring a way forward to ensure the site could survive the crisis and reopen in the future.
Simon Wallwork, Chief Executive of the Arkwright Society said: "Thanks to the National Lottery and its players for providing this critical funding, we can now get our team back onsite preparing for re-opening and making it safe to welcome back our visitors. We are looking forward to our visitors, volunteers and staff bringing the buzz back to Cromford Mills. We are grateful that The National Lottery Heritage Fund is supporting us at this crucial time – it's a lifeline to us and others who are passionate about sustaining heritage for the benefit of all."

The funding, made possible by National Lottery players, was awarded through The National Lottery Heritage Fund's Heritage Emergency Fund. £50million has been made available to provide emergency funding for those most in need across the heritage sector.
The UK-wide fund will address both immediate emergency actions and help organisations to start thinking about recovery.
Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: "Heritage has an essential role to play in making communities better places to live, supporting economic regeneration and benefiting our personal wellbeing. All of these things are going to be even more important as we emerge from this current crisis.
"Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players we are pleased to be able to lend our support to organisations such as Cromford Mills during this uncertain time."
Like Cromford Mills, other charities and organisations across the UK that have been affected by the unprecedented impact of the coronavirus outbreak are being given access to a comprehensive package of support of up to £600 million of repurposed money from The National Lottery. This money is supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our communities and span the arts, community, charity, heritage, education, environment and sports sectors.

 

Cromford Mills lights up to support all the heroes helping to fight coronavirus.

Last night Cromford Mills joined thousands of families around the country who are taking part in the rainbow trail with their own rainbow light display. The Derbyshire heritage attraction projected a rainbow light display on one of their historic mill buildings and shared it with everyone on social media.

Simon Wallwork, Chief Executive of Cromford Mills said, "The rainbow trail is about spreading hope and uplifting people's spirits. We think it is important to say thank you to all those key workers and NHS staff who are working hard to protect us in these difficult times, as well as everyone who is staying home to save lives.'

Like many visitor attractions across the country, Cromford Mills has closed its gates to help stop the spread of COVID-19, cancelling 50 events to date and furloughing over 30 members of staff in the process. They now rely solely on social media to engage creatively with their visitors and are posting a range of light-hearted and informative content to try to keep spirits up. Conscious of their cancelled educational programme, they are also developing free online learning resources on their website for families. Follow the learning link on our website cromfordmills.org.uk to access learning from home, primary and secondary resources.

Founded in 1771, Cromford Mills is known as the birthplace of the factory system with the creation of Sir Richard Arkwright's first successful water powered cotton spinning mill, located within the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. As a globally significant part of Derbyshire's role in the Industrial Revolution, this site's future, like many other museums and heritage attractions is threatened by the current pandemic.

Cromford Mills have therefore launched a new fundraising campaign asking for Heritage Heroes to support them while they are closed. Hannah Steggles, Head of Heritage, explains: 'Cromford Mills was rescued from demolition in the 1970s by a group of determined volunteers who formed The Arkwright Society, our first Heritage Heroes. The Arkwright Society has looked after the site ever since and turned it into a thriving visitor attraction and small business hub. We are an independent educational charity and rely on the income from our ticket sales, car parking, cafés, office rentals and donations to preserve the site for future generations. Now more than ever, we need Heritage Heroes from all over the country to help us weather this storm.'

Simon Wallwork agrees, 'Every donation, however big or small, helps us keep this amazing place standing. Donating online or taking out an Arkwright Society Membership, goes a long way in supporting Cromford Mills. We are looking forward to welcoming back our visitors, volunteers and staff when the restrictions are lifted. I know all the volunteers and staff at the mill are eager to get back to site and continue planning our 250th anniversary celebrations for 2021."
Become a Heritage Hero today by following the donation or membership links on our website cromfordmills.org.uk

 

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Strutt's North Mill

      
Belper Derbyshire England
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August 2020 - Walks programme re-opened :

9th August – 2pm, meeting at The Market place in Belper.
Book tickets here: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/500568
There is a very mysterious area right in the heart of Belper. Although we know a lot about the deer park from research, this has raised many intriguing issues that you may have your own ideas on. You will also hear about numerous unexpected and quirky things that have been discovered. More than 2 hours. Could be muddy. Walking boots required. Led by Trevor Griffin.

16th August – 2pm, meeting at Soi Kitchens, Milford
Book tickets here: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/503811
This walk covers Milford's west side looking at the development of the housing, community buildings and the railway. Find out what it was like to have the Strutts as your landlord and why the community of Swainsley Court no longer exists – and where the people of Milford wanted their own railway station. The route takes us up the steep Sunnyhill to Stephenson's tower and a short distance across the Chevin before descending a steep and often muddy footpath. Over two hours. Walking boots are recommended. Led by Jane Whitaker

23rd August – 2pm, meeting at Strutt's North Mill.
Book tickets here: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/503493
Combining the recent discoveries of "Delving along the Derwent", the heritage mapping project and some earlier work, this walk will follow what is now thought to be a purpose-built trackway used by the Strutts to bring stone from Crich Lane, as well as exploring the quarries. Steep initial climb. More than two hours.Walking boots required. Led by Trevor Griffin

30th August – 2pm, meeting at St Margaret's Village Hall.
Book tickets here: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/503579
We begin at 'England's Oldest Village Hall' and explore the parish to discover beautiful views over the Derwent Valley. 4 miles. More than 2 hours. Walking boots required. Led by John Morrissey.

 

What's Happening at the North Mill?

After suffering two major floods which inundated the basement of the North Mill in November last year and again in February, closely followed by the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown just as we were completing the clean up, the Belper North Mill Trust can rightly claim that while some heritage sites have faced major challenges, our challenge has perhaps been somewhat greater.

Thanks to a tremendous effort from our team of volunteers we hope to be reopening later in August. All of our activities will follow government guidelines for COVID-19 safe working and be compliant with current government regulations.

A new 'inside / outside' guided tour has been designed by our very knowledgeable volunteer guides so that you can hear about - and see - the waterpower that once drove the cotton spinning mills of the Derwent Valley as well as the main highlights of our museum collections and the Belper story.

The tours will be given at set times and the number of visitors in each group will be limited to ensure social distancing. You are encouraged to book - and pay - online before coming to the museum. Further details will be available soon on our website and on wegottickets.com/belpernorthmill

We look forward to welcoming you as we reopen our doors. We will be working hard to keep everyone safe – and most importantly to make your visit enjoyable.

 

Belper stands at the heart of the Derwent Valley, which played a significant part in the Industrial Revolution.  The Derwent Valley Visitor Centre in Strutt's North Mill was set up to open a window on the history of the mills, cotton spinning and the town itself.

 
The Strutt family's association with Belper began with industrialist Jedediah. He had transformed the hosiery business with his invention of the Derby Rib, which allowed ribbed, that is stretchable, stocking fabric to be made on a hand-worked knitting frame. It was his realisation that high quality thread was needed for good hose which led him in 1776 to begin building cotton mills at Belper.
 
Jedediah and his sons went on to build more mills at Belper, although some have now been demolished. Built in 1804, the North Mill was built by Jedediah's son William, and was the forerunner of the modern skyscraper, and the most advanced industrial building of its time. The frame of the building is made entirely of cast iron. Now, trained guides are available to explain the construction of the building and the historic cotton spinning machinery it contains, or alternatively visitors are able to explore the Museum on their own.
 
To encourage families to move into Belper and work in their mills, the Strutts built high quality housing for their workers, and this is still to be seen today. The Strutts were benefactors to Belper for two centuries - one legacy to the town was the River Gardens, given by George Herbert Strutt in 1906, a water garden by the Derwent which still features band concerts on advertised summer Sundays.
 
The importance of the Belper mills and their historic industrial neighbours at Cromford, Darley Abbey and Derby was reflected by the World Heritage Site status given to the Derwent Valley Mills in 2001. Telephone the Derwent Valley Visitor Centre at Strutt's North Mill on 01773 880474 for details.
 
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