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An Afternoon at Strutt House

Sun 19th May

Strutt’s North Mill Museum hosts an exciting event showcasing arts and music inspired by the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site on Sunday 19th May.

This is a unique opportunity to see inside the impressive Grade II* listed Strutt House and enjoy a range of specially crafted pieces of music, poetry, performances and activities, part of Belper Arts Festival and Get Creative Festival.

About Strutt’s North Mill

‘Strutt’s North Mill’ is part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site where, in the 18th century, the factory system was born, cotton spinning was revolutionised and building technology and the world of work changed forever.

Once a part of the Strutt family’s extensive Belper mills complex and powered by the River Derwent, the North Mill (1804) was designed by William Strutt to be fire-resistant and is one of the earliest completely iron-framed mills in the world. Here using the water-frame technology devised by his former partner, Richard Arkwright, Jedediah Strutt and his family helped to introduce mechanised cotton spinning to the Derwent Valley, an industry that formed the mainstay of Belper and the surrounding area for over 200 years.

The Belper North Mill Trust runs the museum and visitor centre in the North Mill and its mission is to protect and to promote the industrial heritage of the North Mill and of the Derwent Valley for the benefit of the public. With its staff and volunteers the Trust works to share the story of the mills and the surrounding Strutt community, the world’s first ‘cotton town’ and of this part of the lovely River Derwent, in ‘the valley that changed the world’.

The Trust is a registered charity and all donations are gratefully received!

For this event entrance to Strutt’s North Mill museum is free. Guided tours are available for a donation.

Tea, cake and refreshments will also be served!

This free event is funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund & Arts Council England as part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Great Place Scheme. Co-ordinated by Beam.

Event Times
Event compered by local presenter Fliss Goldsmith
1.00-1.20 Grawl!x & Umbilica
1.20-1.35 Debjani Chatterjee and Charu Asthana
1.35-1.50 Sarah Hinds
1.50-2.05 Spindrift
2.05-2.20 She Speaks
2.20-2.35 Dave Sudbury2.35-2.55 Umbilica & Grawl!x
2.55-3.10 Debjani Chatterjee and Charu Asthana
3.10-3.25 Sarah Hinds
3.25-3.40 Spindrift
3.40-3.55 She Speaks
3.55-4.10 Dave Sudbury

Drop in weaving activities

Artist Toni Buckby will offer a drop- in workshop where you will have the chance to weave small touch sensitive e-textile pieces using mini frame looms in The Makory, Derby Museum’s mobile museum of making.

Artist Seiko Kinoshita will offer creative weaving activity using laser cut woods suitable for age 4 and upwards in Strutt House.

Find out more about the Artists here.

Find out more about Strutt’s North Mill here.

Keep in touch with Belper Arts Festival here.

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