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Arkwright's Cromford Mill

Cromford Derbyshire England
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Visit Cromford Mills for a complete day out, the start of your journey exploring the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

Cromford Mills, steeped in history and hidden within the scenic Derwent Valley. Explore the natural and historic environment that shaped the world we live in today.

Cromford Mills is the home of Sir Richard Arkwright's first water powered cotton spinning mill, birthplace of the modern factory system and internationally recognized as a UNESCO
World Heritage Site.

Come and walk through the Mill Yard, following in the footsteps of thousands of mill workers from the 1770s. Meet Sir Richard Arkwright himself in the fascinating 'Arkwright Experience' where the English entrepreneur comes to life in his first mill building. Learn about Arkwright's revolutionary techniques, wealth and espionage in our Visitor Centre; then dig deeper into history by going on a guided or audio tour.

Our volunteer tour guides will bring the site to life with their passion and knowledge revealing the secrets behind the mill walls. Hear about what it was like to work in Cromford Mills, what made the mills significant to the Industrial Revolution and the connection to Cromford Village.

During your visit you can also enjoy a walk along the river bank of the River Derwent and then head over to Cromford Canal to take in the diverse wildlife.

Finish your visit with a cup of tea and a slice of cake in one of our two cafes on site, Wheatcroft's Wharf Café by the canal or Arkwright's Café in the Mill Yard. Both cafés serve delicious homemade food, made with locally sourced ingredients.

Don't forget to stop in our shops around the Mill for a unique gift or souvenir before you head home. Cromford Mill is open every day of the year except Christmas Day and don't forget... KIDS GO FREE and DOGS ARE WELCOME!!!

Check out our website or follow us on facebook to find out more about our exciting annual events programme!

Cromford Mills are part of the Derwent
Valley Mills World Heritage Site. 

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Cromford Mills will be offering a chance to delve deeper into tales of Georgian life during an array of events during the 25th Anniversary of Heritage Open Days. This year's theme for Heritage Open Days is 'People Power – then, now, always', and from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th of September the guide team at Cromford will be leading a series of fascinating talks or walks, all for free!

On Friday 13 September at 1.30pm the subject of women in the workforce will be brought to the forefront during the aptly named talk, 'Girl Power – Women in the Mills'. Women and children made up the majority of the mill workforce, and this talk explores what life was like for them in this newly mechanised industry which brought them together as workers for the first time. Our guide discusses working life for women in industry during the 18th century and their changing place in society.

On Saturday 14 September come along to the historic walk around Cromford Village, led by the Georgian Mill Manager, Mr Clack. Leaving from the mill at 11.30am, step back in time and learn all about law, order and industrial espionage during Georgian times, and just how strict life was working at the mills. What happened if you broke the law in the 18th century, or even broke one of the rules working at the mill? Did the punishment always fit the crime? Discover this and more on the 'Rule and Riot Tour'.

Life in Georgian England is revisited in words and music on Sunday 15 September at 11am during a performance of, 'Mills in Literature and Song'. This interpretation of mill life is told through a selection of extracts from literature and song. The musical talk includes literary tales of clashes between mill owners and their workers, as expressed in novels by Charlotte Bronte and Elizabeth Gaskell, amongst others. Our guide also performs songs and poems written by mill workers, bringing to life the voices of the working class. This fascinating insight reveals how life was viewed by these storytellers, and by the workers themselves embroiled in the factory system.

All of these talks and walks are free as part of the annual Heritage Open Days events. As they are free, booking is recommended to secure a place. To book please ring 01629 823256 or email us at events@arkwrightsociety.org.uk . Places are limited to 4 tickets per person.

Heritage Open Days at Cromford Mills
Friday 13 September, 1.30pm – 3pm – 'Girl Power – Women in the Mills'.
Saturday 14 September, 11.30am – 1pm – 'Rule and Riot Tour'.
Sunday 15 September, 11am – 12pm – 'Mills in Literature and Song'.

For further details please visit www.cromfordmills.org.uk or phone 01629 823256.

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Strutt's North Mill

Belper Derbyshire England
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derby n mill 2017Belper 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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Bakewell's Old House Museum

Bakewell Derbyshire England
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Twice voted Derbyshire Museum of the Year, the Old House Museum nestles away behind Bakewell's historic church and is the town's best kept secret.

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Erewash Museum

Ilkeston Derbyshire England
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Erewash Museum is our very own local and social history museum located on High Street, Ilkeston.

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Wirksworth Heritage Centre

Wirksworth Derbyshire England
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We are a unique local history museum, housed in an old silk mill, who exist to tell 'the story of Wirksworth', a beautiful and ancient leadmining town in the heart of Derbyshire.

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