Find out more about projects which have taken place in the World Heritage Site over the past few years.
Fact and Fabrication
Fact and Fabrication was a community based project blending historical research and creativity inspired by the Derwent Valley Mills.
DerwentWISE was a group of organisations working together to“Inspire & enable us all to care for the Lower Derwent Valley” Read more . . . .
Belper in Wartime
Belper in Wartime is one of the Projects featured on Derbyshire Lives through the First World War website.
All Our Stories
The World Heritage Site secured £7,300 of Heritage Lottery Fund grant money for a project to bring our many volunteers closer together.
Climate Change Research Project
The landscapes of Derbyshire bear witness to changes in the earth’s climate, but in recent years these natural cycles of change have been disrupted by the impact of industrialisation and spiralling fossil fuel consumption. It is now acknowledged that greenhouse gas emissions are causing irrevocable changes to our climate system.
The Developer 2013
Vickers Fine Art Award: St Mondays
During 2012/13 the World Heritage Site worked with the Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award to support the fifth resident artist tasked with responding to a sense of place within Derbyshire. The award is one of the most generous art prizes within the United Kingdom and this time decided to centre on the Derwent Valley as the inspiration for the artist.
Cromford Mills Visitor Gateway
The World Heritage Site ‘Gateway’ is intended to provide a focal point within the northern part of the DVMWHS to attract a broad spectrum of visitors, engage interest in a variety of ways, provide opportunities to learn about the heritage and signpost to key locations within Cromford and the wider World Heritage Site.
Derwent Pulse, a Derwent Valley Mill World Heritage Site commission by Charles Monkhouse, was a light flow the length of the Derwent that explored the river and its heritage.
Darley Abbey Mills
The Regeneration Strategy for the Darley Abbey part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site is a Derby City Council led project and aims to provide a way of realising the full tourism and economic potential of the area to secure its long-term future.
'Enlightenment! Derbyshire Setting the Pace in the 18th Century', was a partnership between Buxton Museum & Art Gallery, Derby Museums & Art Gallery and Strutt's North Mill, Belper.
The Threads project was set up to capture the oral history, memories and reminiscences of people who used to work in the Derwent Valley Mills, or lived nearby. These memories date from the 1920s, 30s, 40s, up until the late 80s, when the last mills in Belper closed.
re:connaissance was a one-year project which re-interpreted, through visual art and oral history, the wartime stories of Belper and the wider Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, as well as unearthing memories and memorabilia.
The Bindings project took place during 2004 with artists Tan Draig (textiles) and Lucy Banwell (writing). It was run by Fleet Arts.
Q Arts were commissioned to produce a digital, projection based, installation piece at mills within the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.
Watch this Space
Watch This Space was a unique programme of arts events created for unusual spaces. Combining multi media installation, exhibition and performance, each project unlocked the doors to areas of historic buildings not often visited by the public.
Waterpowered Sculpture Automata
Focusing on the reasons for the mills being built within the Derwent Valley - the power of the River Derwent and its tributaries – this project brough in artist Johnny White to work with a wide range of communities and age groups to produce moving water-powered sculptures.
Sites and Visions
The Sites and Visions activities offer an insight into potential ways of engaging in the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage site through creativity.