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Arkwright's Cromford Mill

      
Cromford Derbyshire England
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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.


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. 


Beyond the Mill Walls: Rejuvenating Smelting Mill Green
IMG 5868Cromford Mills is delighted to announce that we have been awarded funding from Postcode Local Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People's Postcode Lottery, towards its latest exciting project.
The Beyond the Mill Walls: Rejuvenating Smelting Mill Green initiative, will improve the meadow area alongside the river at Cromford Mills (part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site), encouraging local people & visiting tourists alike to get active and explore the rich wildlife & industrial heritage of the riverside.
The Project has got off to a good start with benches and picnic tables being built and installed by Bolsover Woodland Enterprise, a social enterprise group working with people with learning disabilities. The benches have proved an instant success as they were used by visitors within minutes of being installed on site!
As part of the Beyond the Mill Walls Project the Arkwright Society has established a group of Conservation Volunteers, who will be working once a month to manage the area for wildlife and to introduce some of the improvements that are being made in the area. The group has met a couple of times and have already mowed in picnic spots in the meadow and installed a story-telling area for children.
Later in the year chainsaw sculptures will be installed that reflect both the wildlife and the history of the smelting mill community that were once present on this part of the river Derwent, and the volunteers will be working with local school children to weave a living willow cottage. Our plans also include natural play areas for children and natural shrub woven play tunnels reflecting the culverted brook flowing from Cromford Mills to the river.
For further details please visit www.cromfordmills.org.uk or phone 01629 823256.

Christoper and Doreen speakers for talkDiscover the story of Matlock Bath with a special evening talk at Cromford Mills:
Matlock Bath Voices from the Past

The Arkwright Society launches its annual programme of Evening Talks at Cromford Mills on Tuesday 18 February with a special evening hosted by two Derbyshire authors. After the success of their book, 'Matlock Bath a perfectly romantic place' authors Christopher Charlton and Doreen Buxton will be presenting a picturesque look back in time as they tell the story of Matlock Bath through voices from its past in this fascinating evening.
Throughout the centuries visitors to Matlock Bath, its residents and its leaders have left their own thoughts and opinions in letters, diaries, newspapers and books. They vividly reflect the issues and attitudes which shaped the development of the village during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
Christopher Charlton and Doreen Buxton will use their research to present Matlock Bath's story in a novel way, through the voices of the people who saw it all happen. The visitors who took the waters, who recorded their thoughts on seeing High Tor for the first time, or witnessed the first trains to Matlock Bath station brining hordes of day trippers; or those who revelled in the self-satisfaction of the opening of the first pavilion which, we know, with the benefit of hindsight, was destined to fail. The readings will be illustrated with rare views of Matlock Bath's past from prints, paintings and photographs alongside an explanatory commentary.

Speaking of the evening of readings, Christopher Charlton said, "However we may polish our prose and try to imagine the past nothing equals the vitality and freshness of the eyewitness account, the voice of the person who saw it happen. These readings tell the story of Matlock Bath through the eyes and in the voices of such people, people who were actually there. Think of it as Matlock Bath's autobiography!"

The evening talk is in the Gothic Warehouse at Cromford Mills on Tuesday 18 February at 7pm. The talk will last 2 hours and include an interval where refreshments will be served. Tickets cost £8 (including refreshments).

Places are limited and advanced booking is recommended. For more information or to book online please visit www.cromfordmills.org.uk/events/talk-matlock-bath-voices-past or ring 01629 823256 or email events@arkwrightsociety.org.uk

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Strutt's North Mill

      
Belper Derbyshire England
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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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Bakewell Derbyshire England
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