Arkwright’s Mill at Cromford is a place that changed the course of history forever.
Created in 1771, it was the first ever water-powered cotton spinning mill in the world. After that, industry and society were never to be the same again!
Cromford Mill’s Brand New Additions:
After some fantastic restoration, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Cromford Mill now has a brand new look! Along with some great new exhibitions, it’s also now made Cromford the starting point for the whole of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. Which includes fifteen miles of Derbyshire’s historic mills and industrial areas, all the way south to the Derby Silk Mill and the Joseph Wright Gallery.
Once you arrive at the Cromford Mill site you can have a browse in the unique shops, which sell everything from antiques, original art, textiles, crafts to second-hand treasures in ‘Arkwright’s Attic’!
Next up is the brand new ‘Arkwright Experience’ exhibition and tour! You can explore the first ever mill with this new and fascinating projection tour, which is hosted by Sir Richard Arkwright himself! Let the father of industry tell you all about the daily workings of the mill and how he built his water-powered empire.
This is a unique way of travelling through time and feeling as if you’re seeing the first ever mill in full swing!
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Also in the new Gateway Information Hub, there are some more hands-on activities, such as interactive tablets, films and physical 3D maps. These allow you to find out exactly what the 17 designated sites contained within the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Sites are about, and their history- it’s a great way to start to a journey though the history of the area.
There are also new audio tours, English, German and Mandarin, so now more people than ever can enjoy the history of Cromford!
Besides being the only World Heritage Site in the whole of the East Midlands, Cromford Mill also offers a fantastic canal side cafe, so after your fun day of shopping and time-travelling back to a day in the world’s first ever mill, you can relax by the canal and enjoy some food or just some tea and cake!
Cromford Mills is a charity, therefore all proceeds go back into the site, so why not have a fantastic day out and help to keep local industrial history alive?
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