Front cover of Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Management Plan
Management of our World Heritage Site
The Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site is managed by a Steering Group whose membership is drawn from the local authorities, universities, regional bodies, community organisations and private individuals. It advises the local authorities who fund the World Heritage Site team’s activities on the strategic direction of the Site, and the production and delivery of the Management Plan. The Team reports to the Service Director, Transport and Environment within Derbyshire County Council, who also attends the Steering Group.
The project delivery mechanism within the site is through three Panels which deal with the following:
Conservation and Planning; Development; Learning and Research.
These Panels are chaired by Steering Group members.
To maintain the Outstanding Universal Value of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site by protecting, conserving, presenting, enhancing and transmitting its unique culture, heritage, economy and landscape in a sustainable manner.
We believe that the Derwent Valley Mills will…
Celebrate the Outstanding Universal Value of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, enabling the global community to enjoy, engage with and be inspired by their legacy.
Be renowned for best practice in WHS management and for its contribution to the local and regional economy.
Be a popular, quality tourist destination, shaping a creative future and become a symbol of regional and national pride.
This will deliver a place which is:
Understood as essentially a CULTURAL LANDSCAPE – where the historic mills and workers’ communities are experienced in the beautiful setting of the Derwent Valley, which although altered by human activity has remained largely unchanged since the Industrial Revolution. This is the SPIRIT OF PLACE and it is this above all which needs to be protected.
Experienced as a WORKING LANDSCAPE where structures and land which have lost their original function find new uses which respect their historic appearance and character and where new development is appropriate and designed to high standards.
Managed by a strong and trusted partnership where the people living and working within it ENGAGE IN THE PROCESS OF MANAGEMENT. A place where the role of the individual property owner is recognised within a collaborative framework.
An ESTABLISHED DESTINATION for Day and Short Stay visitors which has ATTRACTIONS OF THE HIGHEST QUALITY with a reputation for excellent CUSTOMER CARE.
A cultural landscape which can be ENJOYED AT DIFFERENT LEVELS, ranging from a simple stroll along the canal or a site visit, to a long-term exploration of history, technology, archaeology or ecology.
A LIVING SPACE which is an INSPIRATION for artists and a home for CREATIVE INDUSTRIES.
A place which INSPIRES people to visit it and support its preservation and enhancement at different levels, ranging from investment in local shops and services to sponsorship and philanthropy.
Our Key Aims:
To protect, conserve and enhance the Outstanding Universal Value of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.
To promote public awareness of and access to the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.
To promote the development of sustainable tourism within the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.
To enhance the economic and social wellbeing of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site and its communities.
To promote public understanding of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site by facilitating research.
To promote educational use of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site for formal and informal learning.
To build strong partnerships with volunteers and local, regional and national stakeholders.
To work with partners to access funding and deliver projects.
To manage the Partnership in an efficient and sustainable manner.
The Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site is a large and complex one with a wide range of stakeholders; those people and organisations that support the work of the Partnership, and to whom the Partnership can offer advice and expertise.