The Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site is a powerful learning resource, suitable for exploring and developing a whole range of subjects and skills with all age groups and abilities. It is the only World Heritage Site in the East Midlands.
The Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site (DVMWHS) is a partnership between many land and buildings owners, organisations and visitor attractions all with a different offer for learning – formal, informal, families, all ages, abilities and curriculum areas can be catered for.
Periodically there is opportunity to take part in projects linked to the World Heritage Site. In the past these have covered a broad range of focus including higher education textiles and design courses to early year’s music and drama opportunities.
DerwentWISE offers a range of training courses, workshops and family activities for all ages and interests. Encapsulating the World Heritage Site, this beautiful and fascinating landscape and heritage of the Lower Derwent Valley is unique and inspirational. In order for local people and future generations to care for, maintain and improve the features and character of the area, we need the community to be inspired and enabled.
If you are keen to learn new skills or enhance existing ones, learn more about your area, or give something back to your landscape, take a look at the opportunities on this site.
The training and learning opportunities for DerwentWISE have been designed to loosely fit into the two areas of conservation:
Landscape Conservation – Learn traditional landscape skills, gain qualifications in the use of certain tools, advance your knowledge of species identification and take part in bushcraft.
Built Heritage Conservation – Offers several routes for people of all ages to take part in surveying historical buildings, features and earthworks. There are also opportunities for people to learn more about archaeology!
Educational Activities – Take your class outdoors for some hands on learning. Find out about the history of your landscape and the bugs and beasties that live there. Come and get involved in arts activities with a wildlife and conservation twist.
If you are interested in working on a project with us please get in touch!