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Industrial Revolution Conference

Sat 28th Sep
Cromford Mill 1836
Industry and Society in the Industrial Revolution

Where did the inventors in the Industrial Revolution and later get their ideas from? How did they interact with Enlightenment views of the world and change economic behaviour and growth in the UK for ever?

Leading academic experts on the Industrial Revolution, including Professors from Oxford and Derby Universities, will speak about the time when the whole world was looking to the United Kingdom, as it led in developing new machinery, new systems of work and new ways of living in society.  We can still see the effect of these changes today, 250 years later.

At the heart of this time was a fever of intellectual and practically focussed thinking on science and technology, when scientists and academics worked with a new breed of business men, turning ideas into money and revitalising the UK economy. Derby, Derbyshire and the Midlands played a vital role in this transformative period.

Conference topics include: The Derby Philosophers; Britain, the Industrial Revolution and Modern Economic Growth; the next wave of technological change in cotton spinning; Arkwright’s patents; the Cromford Canal, and Florence Nightingale in Derbyshire.

Conference price: £45 or Earlybird (before the end of August) £40. Arkwright Society membership discount of 10% Silver and 15% Gold applies on full price only.

Time: 9.30am to 5.30pm

Book on line HERE, or call 01629 823256 or email

Conference Price includes lunch and a chance to see round the mill site.

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