Our Children’s Guide “The Story of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site” introduces this site and the reasons it was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2001. The book provides a simple overview of the key themes to what make the site special and important. It looks at what life was like ‘before’ the mills, ‘during’ the mills’ operation and how it still influences our lives today and the heritage that remains in this extraordinary part of Derbyshire.
The book has been funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England for our Great Place Scheme.
If you would like a ‘hard copy’ of the booklet you will be able to find these at some of the key visitor attractions along the valley soon, or you can request a copy by emailing email@example.com
Due to the pandemic restrictions, you will need to allow 2 or 3 weeks for delivery.
Or you can watch our narrated version of the booklet here:
Children’s work inspired by The Story of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site guide book
When the children’s guide was launched local school children were given a copy. We also offered a special ‘virtual workshop’ where the children were able to interview heritage experts and the illustrator Rebecca Morledge. We had a competition to suggest names for the two children in the story and we are delighted to now know them as Mabel and Herbert, thank you to the children at Herbert Strutt Primary School for the suggestion. We also challenged the pupils to use what they learned in their workshop to write and illustrate their own page for the story focusing on their area. The Year 2 children from Milford Primary School shared some amazing work about their special part of this World Heritage Site. Watch this short film for some inspiration. If you’d like to do the same with your children we’d love to see your work. Herbert and Mabel (the rag doll versions) have gone to live at Herbert Strutt School and Milford Primary School respectively to continue their adventures around the Derwent Valley Mills.
Find out more about the themes in the guide
If your children want to study or explore any of themes in more detail, you might find the links below helpful.
World Heritage Sites
UNESCO have an up to date list of World Heritage Sites with an interactive map here: UNESCO List
Patrimonito is the young people’s heritage guardian character. This site has lots of animated adventures around different World Heritage Sites around the world and helps show how young people can be guardians of these special places: UNESCO Patrimonito
Where is the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site and its key sites:
Anti Slavery have created teaching resources to help children learn about the history of slavery and how people are affected by slavery today. Find out more here.
Colonial Countryside is a child-led writing and history project about National Trust houses’ Caribbean and East India Company connections. Find out more here. If you’d like to work with the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site on exploring this approach with us please get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org)