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Belper North Mill UNESCO world heritage site and one of the world's first iron frame "fireproof" buildings built in 18

A UNESCO world heritage site, Strutt’s North Mill is the birthplace of the industrial revolution, bringing with it one of the world’s first iron clad “fireproof” buildings and revolution at every turn. This site was one of the first to harness water power for textile production and operated at the height of Britain’s industrial power. With a history that is equally joyous, fascinating, revolutiona

ry and melancholic, the mill is a must visit piece of world history. This building was built following the destruction of the original mill by fire in 1803, today it stands as a monument to the ingenuity of the time, considerable thought has been given to its construction and the building is Grade I listed due to its pioneering architecture. Our collection features multiple priceless artifacts and working mill machines that are 200 years old, supported by the Derwent Valley Mills trust and a very strong group of volunteers we’re proud to represent our heritage and remain to this day a pillar of the Belper community, in addition to the museum the mill also hosts multiple events throughout the year. If you’d like to know more in preperation for your visit, please get in touch!

Stuck for a Christmas present idea? Would your recipient like to come on a BELPER HERITAGE WALK with us next year? We’ll...
04/12/2023

Stuck for a Christmas present idea? Would your recipient like to come on a BELPER HERITAGE WALK with us next year? We’ll have many of the favourites from last year, A Strutt Around the Mills on Wed and Sats from Easter to Oct and special heritage walks most Sundays and some Saturdays from Easter, to include Milford’s Mills and W. Milford, Family Clocking On, Pubs, Ghosts, Transport, Shady Characters, World of the Workers and some new ones; Belper‘s Channels, Cemetery, Waterways, Conquest to King Cotton, Schools, Stockings and Workhouse, Belper & Morley Park Railway and Belper in Wartime. Why not give an IOU like the ones pictured then you can book online when they have chosen. We’ll be getting them onto the website in the coming weeks.

Our Boxing Day walk is the NIGHT WATCHMAN’S walk, Tues 26 Dec at 11 am. A lovely post Christmas treat. A short walk roun...
01/12/2023

Our Boxing Day walk is the NIGHT WATCHMAN’S walk, Tues 26 Dec at 11 am. A lovely post Christmas treat. A short walk round the town following in the footsteps of these brave guardians of the night as they walked the streets of Belper and beyond, looking for poachers, elopers, fighters and feuders. Will you discover what your ancestors were up to 200 years ago? Walk starts by the Tom Yum steps in the car park facing the river. Book online at https://www.belpernorthmill.org.uk/calendar/

Your opportunity to have your say.
22/11/2023

Your opportunity to have your say.

There are five different scenarios presented for the future of Belper Mills. Have your say in the survey until the 17th Dec. All options have combination of uses with one primary use. What do you think to Scenario 1: Residential combination? Full details, information and survey at: https://www.derwentvalleymills.org/belper-mills-future/

20/11/2023

Belper Mills Future - Tell us what you think
Have a look at the future options scenarios and information and then complete the public survey online to share your views before the 17th December.
https://www.derwentvalleymills.org/belper-mills-future/
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Great feature for us in this month’s Country Images Magazine
15/11/2023

Great feature for us in this month’s Country Images Magazine

Congratulations to the Museum of Making!
14/11/2023

Congratulations to the Museum of Making!

📢Exciting Announcement: the Museum of Making has been shortlisted for the Visitor Attraction of the Year Award in the Peak District, Derbyshire & Derby Tourism Awards!

The award recognises visitor attractions that provide truly memorable visitor experiences and demonstrate excellence across every aspect of the business✨

The nomination comes as the Museum of Making has been forced to temporarily close due to flood damage from Storm Babet in late October. We have been overwhelmed by the messages of support, generous donations and kind offers of help received from the local community and businesses since the Museum of Making flooded. Work is underway to reopen the Museum of Making as soon as possible.

We want to wish our fellow finalists – The Children’s Country House at Sudbury and Matlock Farm Park good luck in the final round of judging 🤞

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony held at the Museum of Making on 7th March 2024.

Find out more here: bit.ly/DMVisitorAttractionAward

Image © Art Lewry, Culture Communications Collective/Derby Museums

13/11/2023

Belper Mills Future - Option scenarios available to view

Creating a deliverable, sustainable and appropriate long-term future for the Belper Mills.

The Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Partnership is concerned about the deteriorating condition of the highly significant historic buildings on the North and East Mills site.

The Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Partnership believes there will be serious challenges in delivering the scheme which is currently being considered by Amber Valley Borough Council as the local planning authority. The Partnership believes alternative options should be explored to repair and reuse the buildings in ways that allow for additional funders and partners to support a scheme that can be delivered.
View the alternative options:
The Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Partnership have commissioned consultants to develop 5 alternative scenarios that contain a combination of options for the Belper Mills site. It has also consulted, in depth, with representatives from a range of different local communities to narrow down a long list of potential options which:
• Will not damage the important World Heritage Site status
• Will be financially sustainable into the future following restoration
• Will meet the needs of local communities as well as regional and national needs.

You can view detailed information and architect plans for the different options on the Derwent Valley Mills Website here:
www.derwentvalleymills.org/belper-mills-future/

When you have viewed the options a survey to gather your views will go live on this webpage from November 20th until 11.45pm on 17th December.

Project kindly funded by:
National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic England, Derbyshire County Council and DVMWHS

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Thank you to Country Images Magazine for including the article about Belper Mills History and Future in their November e...
06/11/2023

Thank you to Country Images Magazine for including the article about Belper Mills History and Future in their November editions. It can be read online here https://www.countryimagesmagazine.co.uk/readonline/ page 34 if you don’t receive a copy through your door.

North Edition OPEN ABOVE EDITION IN SEPARATE WINDOWDerby Edition OPEN ABOVE EDITION IN SEPARATE WINDOW As more and more people become a tuned to reading on-line publications we at Country Images have launched our new easy to use website and Facebook. Within a week of the December magazine going out....

HALLOWE’EN Tuesday 31st we have CREEPY CRAFTS for the children, 10-12 at Bateman’s Hall, suitable for up to age 11 and o...
29/10/2023

HALLOWE’EN Tuesday 31st we have CREEPY CRAFTS for the children, 10-12 at Bateman’s Hall, suitable for up to age 11 and only £3 and for adults TALES and TRICKERY walk at 11.00, tickets £6.50. For further details and to book please see https://www.belpernorthmill.org.uk/calendar/

Lovely aerial shot of the Belper Mills power source. Thank you to the Nottingham and Derby Hot Air Balloon Club for shar...
25/10/2023

Lovely aerial shot of the Belper Mills power source. Thank you to the Nottingham and Derby Hot Air Balloon Club for sharing and allowing the use of the Belper aerial shots for volunteers to use in the Belper Mills walks and talks.
Photo by Nottingham & Derby Hot Air Balloon. The club are looking to expand and are always interested to hear from anyone interested in getting involved in ballooning - phone 07958-701938 for details or visit http://www.facebook.com/NDHABC

Looking for something to do with the children, this half-term? Next Tuesday come and join those already booked to make C...
23/10/2023

Looking for something to do with the children, this half-term? Next Tuesday come and join those already booked to make Creepy Crafts at Bateman’s Hall. All levels of crafting ability supported or encouraged and they can take home the 3 things they make. Suitable for accompanied children aged up to 11 years

Come and have fun at our Hallowe’en Creepy Crafts event on Tuesday 31st October at Bateman’s Hall, next to Christ Church, Belper. Make and take 3 creepy crafts. Suitable for all ages to 11 years. Only £3 per child, accompanied by an adult. Book online at https://www.belpernorthmill.org.uk/calendar/

23/10/2023

What a great way to spend Halloween. 11am, 31st October book on to the “Tales and Trickery – Folk stories from Belper heritage Walk”
https://www.belpernorthmill.org.uk/calendar/
Fact and fiction merge together in a Halloween cauldron. Can you tell them apart? 3.5mile hilly walk over field paths and roads with hills and stiles.
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Come and have fun at our Hallowe’en Creepy Crafts event on Tuesday 31st October at Bateman’s Hall, next to Christ Church...
16/10/2023

Come and have fun at our Hallowe’en Creepy Crafts event on Tuesday 31st October at Bateman’s Hall, next to Christ Church, Belper. Make and take 3 creepy crafts. Suitable for all ages to 11 years. Only £3 per child, accompanied by an adult. Book online at https://www.belpernorthmill.org.uk/calendar/

Do join us on A Strutt Around the Mills on Wednesday if you are free and haven't yet been. Here is a list of our last fe...
09/10/2023

Do join us on A Strutt Around the Mills on Wednesday if you are free and haven't yet been. Here is a list of our last few events of the year, Hallowe'en Trickery, Christmas Pubs and Boxing Day Tales of the Night Watchman. Many thanks to everyone for your support this year which has been very different for us. Book online at https://www.belpernorthmill.org.uk/calendar/

A lovely event at No 28 as part of Belper’s Georgian Day celebrations. Children made their pop up puppets, dressed up in...
08/10/2023

A lovely event at No 28 as part of Belper’s Georgian Day celebrations. Children made their pop up puppets, dressed up in Georgian costumes and took home colouring sheets. Here are two of them looking splendid in their outfits, thank you ladies.

Happy Derby and Belper Georgian Days this weekend everyone. For us here in Belper there will be lots going on. Our North...
05/10/2023

Happy Derby and Belper Georgian Days this weekend everyone. For us here in Belper there will be lots going on. Our North Mill Volunteers have an “After the Mill Bell“ walk on Sunday at 11.00. Our education team will be at Number 28 with Our Belper Mills, making pop up puppets among other things. Carol from OBM will be revealing her new poem. Two of our volunteers have a display and talk at St Peter’s church about the Wards of Belper, Ward, Brettle and Ward company. Adrian has a walk in Darley Abbey on Saturday and walks in Belper on Sunday afternoon. Full details here

Join us for special events, workshops, talks and experiences, exploring the glorious Georgian history of the Buxton Crescent, Buxton, and the Peak District.

FREE craft activities for children at No 28 as part of the Georgian Derbyshire Festival 2023, 10.30 - 3.00 Sunday 8 Octo...
30/09/2023

FREE craft activities for children at No 28 as part of the Georgian Derbyshire Festival 2023, 10.30 - 3.00 Sunday 8 October. The pop up puppets always prove popular, (try saying that quickly😀).
Our volunteers look forward to seeing you there.

Our HERITAGE WALK - After the Mill Bell, is part of Belper’s Day of the Georgian Derbyshire Festival 2023 https://buxton...
29/09/2023

Our HERITAGE WALK - After the Mill Bell, is part of Belper’s Day of the Georgian Derbyshire Festival 2023 https://buxtoncrescentexperience.com/gdf23/. SUNDAY 8 October at 11 am
What was life really like for workers in Georgian Belper, once work was over for the day? Join Christine on a stroll through the past to learn about fun and feuds, music, crafts, crime and competitions which helped make life rich and passionate in the late 18th and early 19th century. Starts from the Market place, ends on the A6.
Book online at https://www.belpernorthmill.org.uk/calendar/

26/09/2023

JOB OPPORTUNITY: There is an opportunity to join the team at Masson Mills as Visitor Centre Assistant.

The Mills
Sir Richard Arkwright’s Masson Mills are situated in Matlock Bath and form the northernmost aspect of the UNESCO Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, near to the Peak District National Park. The Mills are home to a working textile museum, conference centre, offices and onsite hydroelectric power generation. The museum’s Visitor Centre is the main entrance to the site. It also sells drinks, snacks and souvenirs.

The Role:
We are looking for someone to work in the Visitor Centre, key parts of this role will be:
* Customer service: you would be the first point of contact for all visitors to the Mills,
including business visitors to our offices and events as well as museum visitors.
* Food safety: our team must have a diligent and conscientious approach to hygiene and all our procedures for site health and safety in general.
* Communication: it will be important to communicate effectively with other team
members on site.
* Setting up and closing down: at the beginning and ending of shifts there will be a need to handle signs and displays, process cash and undertake some cleaning and tidying.

Characteristics
The ideal candidate will:
* Have customer service experience.
* Be reliable and trustworthy.
* Be flexible over working hours.
The Visitor Centre’s opening hours are currently 11-4, Monday-Friday. We are initially looking for somebody to cover one or two of these shifts per week but who would also be available at other times as the need arises and potentially to enable us to extend our opening hours.

For more information please contact Jamie Needle (Director): 01629 581 001 or Email [email protected]
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Join us for a new walk this Sunday, 24 Sep at 11 am. SHADY CHARACTERS AND NE’ER -DO-WELLS is a stroll round the town vis...
18/09/2023

Join us for a new walk this Sunday, 24 Sep at 11 am. SHADY CHARACTERS AND NE’ER -DO-WELLS is a stroll round the town visiting the haunts of some of Belper's notorious criminals and other underhand activities.
Book tickets online at https://www.belpernorthmill.org.uk/calendar/

Belper North Mill is pleased to support the work of local groups helping us understand more about the past. This is a fr...
17/09/2023

Belper North Mill is pleased to support the work of local groups helping us understand more about the past. This is a free talk but donations will be welcome.

The Belper North Mill volunteers had a great day at the Belper Volunteer Fair. It was lovely to talk to so many people a...
16/09/2023

The Belper North Mill volunteers had a great day at the Belper Volunteer Fair. It was lovely to talk to so many people and share our enthusiasm for the North Mill and the legacy of the Strutt Family in Belper.
Thanks to all who visited our stall and we really hope that you will join our volunteer group.
For more information about volunteering with us please see our website https://www.belpernorthmill.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer/

We have a stand at the Volunteer Fair at Strutts next Saturday 16th 10.30 - 2.30, hoping to chat to people about our var...
10/09/2023

We have a stand at the Volunteer Fair at Strutts next Saturday 16th 10.30 - 2.30, hoping to chat to people about our varied volunteering opportunities at Belper North Mill. You could become part of our friendly team, we need receptionists, walk leaders, marketing support, researchers, trustees, education group volunteers and tour guides. Come and have a chat, pick up contact details or just find out what we are all about. Hope to see you there. Strutts Centre on Derby Road, DE56 1UU in Belper (w3w///hoops.upstairs.mailers)

Thank you to John W for alerting us to this. Wonderful to see a National organisation highlighting the plight of our gra...
07/09/2023

Thank you to John W for alerting us to this. Wonderful to see a National organisation highlighting the plight of our grade 1 listed North Mill. Save Belper Mills Save Britain's Heritage
https://www.savebritainsheritage.org/campaigns/item/918/Building-of-the-Month-September-2023-Strutts-North-Mill-Belper-Derbyshire-DE56-1YD?fbclid=IwAR0W5ig_q31D68NYTRB-srukGUCpncsp2bdp22ED-FAcoW0fJSE1panT3P8
Although the North Mill Museum has closed our Trust and volunteers still offer guided tours of the site including part of the interior of the internationally important North Milll. We also offer a range of Heritage Walks in the town that tell its rich history and the story of the Strutts.

Great day for our first Night Watchman walk, thank you Christine for some very interesting stories of Belper 190 years a...
03/09/2023

Great day for our first Night Watchman walk, thank you Christine for some very interesting stories of Belper 190 years ago. Some of the guests told us some interesting stories too. A special thanks to Belper Unitarians who allowed an impromptu visit to their lovely chapel and crypt, a very kind gesture. Watch out for more of these walks next year and in the meantime see the last few in our programme for this year including Ne’er-Do-Wells and Tales and Trickery. Book online at https://www.belpernorthmill.org.uk/calendar/

Belper North Mill Education Volunteers had a joint storytelling and sock puppet making sessions at Belper Library recent...
31/08/2023

Belper North Mill Education Volunteers had a joint storytelling and sock puppet making sessions at Belper Library recently. The story of Millie, the Belper Mill Mouse was told to residents of Ada Belfield Home and children at the Library. Then they all had the opportunity to make their own sock puppet mouse. A great time was had by all. Our thanks go to Ada Belfield Home who kindly sponsored the event and Belper Library.

On Saturday at 11am and 1pm our Strutt Around tour from Archway House. On this Sunday, 27th, at 2 pm THE WORLD OF THE ST...
25/08/2023

On Saturday at 11am and 1pm our Strutt Around tour from Archway House. On this Sunday, 27th, at 2 pm THE WORLD OF THE STRUTTS AND THEIR WORKERS TOUR, a heritage walk that brings the story of how Jedidiah Strutt, his family and their workers turned Belper into a nineteenth century industrial powerhouse. This outdoor tour will take you around the mill site, the River Gardens, and the first workers community and lasts between 60 and 90 minutes. Meet at the old museum door in the North Mill car park by the weir. Book online at https://www.belpernorthmill.org.uk/calendar/

Tomorrow from 2-4 pm we’re holding the last of our fun Games in the River Gardens free events. Children can play the fir...
23/08/2023

Tomorrow from 2-4 pm we’re holding the last of our fun Games in the River Gardens free events. Children can play the fire game, hunt for the Mill mice and take on the doffer’s challenge. Sessions so far have been great fun with children wanting to “have another go”. We hope you will join us.

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Jedediah Strutt began building mills here from 1776. The original North Mill was completed in 1786 but was destroyed by fire in 1803. Its replacement, the present mill, was built in 1804 on the earlier mill's foundations by Jedediah's eldest son William Strutt; it is one of the oldest surviving examples of an industrialised iron framed, 'fire-proof' building and is now recognised as one of the most important industrial buildings in the world; as such, is a central attraction in the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. Construction The mill was one of the most technically advanced building of its time, incorporating an iron frame and brick arches, to make the building "Fireproof". Considerable thought was given to the individual building components. For instance, iron beams were 'turtle-backed' that is, deeper in the middle, where they were under the greatest stress. It is a grade I listed building. The Mill houses a museum which shows the story of cotton and the growth of the industrial revolution. There are events organised at the Mill throughout the year.