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Europa Nostra Award

for Cromford Mills
Water courses at Cromford Mills

We’re proud to announce that the Arkwright Society’s Cromford Mills: Building 17 is one of the two UK winners of the 2017 European Union Prize for Culture Heritage/ Europa Nostra Award, Europe’s top honour in the heritage field.

It is one of 29 laureates from 18 countries recognised for their notable achievements in conservation, research, dedicated service and education, training and awareness raising.

Independent expert juries examined a total of 202 applications, submitted by organisations and individuals from 39 countries across Europe.

Commenting on the project, the jury said:

“This project represents a good adaptive reuse of a notable site of industrial heritage and is a key component of an important ensemble of buildings. Had it been demolished or left to further deteriorate, it would have been a scar on this World Heritage site.

“The adaptive reuse of this building, which incorporates respectful and reversible interventions, addressed problems of contamination with innovative research. The result is a building with a social function that offers the perfect gateway to the World Heritage site of the Derwent Valley Mills”.

“The interpretive activities and materials for children are a great addition to the site and its educational function is significant for the entire World Heritage site”.

Sarah McLeod, chief executive of The Arkwright Society, said:

“To win this prestigious award is a phenomenal achievement and is testament to the hard work and dedication that has been put in by so many people over many years.

“This award  is acknowledged as Europe’s top honour in the heritage field and we are proud to take our place amongst the 28 other projects from 18 countries across Europe.

“Being at the heart of the Industrial Revolution, ‘Building 17’ is one of the most culturally important buildings in the UK. It will continue the sense of entrepreneurialism, innovation and creativity that characterised Arkwright’s mills.”

The awards will be jointly presented to the winners by Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, and Plácido Domingo, the world-renowned opera singer and President of Europa Nostra, on 15 May at St. Michael’s Church in Turku, Finland.

There are some amazing Heritage Projects represented from all over Europe, but please will you take the time to give Cromford Mills: Building 17 your vote at

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