Much has been achieved to protect and promote the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site since inscription in 2001. Many people and organisations have worked together to ensure appropriate development and make visiting an enjoyable experience.
Heritage shapes how people connect with the places they live, work and play in.
There is still work to do to understand how local people understand and celebrate the significance of this World Heritage Site. From starting the conversation about the importance of what happened in this place, to how it shapes our lives today.
The Vital Valley Great Place Scheme will explore this, to create a strong sense of what the World Heritage Site means to people, sharing its stories.