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The Strutt’s North Mill Museum and Derwent Valley Visitor Centre
LOCAL INNOVATION, GLOBAL INFLUENCE
Come and explore our museum to find out how Jedediah Strutt helped introduce mechanised cotton spinning to the Derwent Valley, sparking the Industrial Revolution, and transforming Belper into the world’s first cotton mill town.
See inside one of the earliest iron-framed, fire-proof, multi-storied buildings in the world, and understand how the North Mill inspired the construction of skyscrapers.
Discover the factory system’s social impact on ordinary people’s lives and experience what life would have been like for a mill worker in a Strutt Mill.
Our displays also include a changeable exhibition space, original spinning and framework knitting machinery, locally ‘chevened’ stockings, the life of a Belper nailer, and the unique story of how Belper’s Samuel Slater, became the ‘Father of the American Industrial Revolution’.
WORLD HERITAGE STATUS
Strutt’s North Mill is at the heart of UNESCO’s Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, which is recognised as the birthplace of the factory system, due to its pioneering water-powered textile production.
Strutt’s North Mill is also home to the Derwent Valley Visitor Centre, where you can find a wealth of local and tourist information. There is also a small gift and book shop, and light refreshments are available.
When visiting Belper, make sure to experience the First Great British High Street of the Year (2014). With Belper evoking history around every corner, make sure you see its different mills and original water courses, the beautiful River Gardens, historic mill workers cottages, schools, chapels and a unique railway line running through the centre of the town, all influenced by the wider Strutt family.
Pre-booked guided tours are available for groups, and can include the Strutt’s North Mill Museum, the original water courses and wider mill site, as well as walks around the historic mill town of Belper.
We offer a number of different educational programmes suitable for all ages. Visits can include tours of the museum, the water courses and wider Mill complex, as well as walks around the historic mill town of Belper. The Strutt’s North Mill Museum incorporates a wide range of subjects from history and geography, to sociology and engineering.
REGULAR EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Throughout the year, the Strutt’s North Mill hosts a range of guided walks around the town, historical talks, craft workshops, spinning demonstrations, local exhibitions, and is involved in Belper’s eclectic mix of fairs, festivals and events. Updated details of these events and activities can be found on our website, or our Guided Walks Leaflet.
CHARITY STATUS AND VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES
The Strutt’s North Mill is an independent, accredited and volunteer-led museum, and is operated by the Belper North Mill Trust. As an independent charitable trust we rely upon the admission charges and donations from our visitors, as well as the hard work of our dedicated team of volunteers, in order to stay open. There are a wide range of volunteering opportunities, so please do contact us if you are interested.
1st March to 31st October
Wednesday to Sunday: 11am to 4pm
Bank Holiday Mondays: 11am to 4pm
November and February
Weekends only: 11am to 4pm
CLOSED December and January
Adults: £5.00 includes re-admission voucher valid for one year
Accompanied under 16s: FREE
Outside Mill Tour: £2
Town Walks: £4
There may be an additional charge for special events and activities throughout the year.
We welcome all visitors and will do our best to accommodate individuals and groups with mobility problems. We have a wheelchair accessible toilet and we also offer audio guides.
Please note that due to the historic nature of the site some parts of the mill cannot be accessed with a wheelchair.
Telephone or answer-phone 01773 880474
E.mail : email@example.com
Website address: www.belpernorthmill.org.uk
North Mill Museum
Strutt`s North Mill, The Derwent Valley Visitor Centre, Bridgefoot, Belper, Derbyshire. DE56 1YD
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