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Derwent Valley Mills Creative Activities

We know that recently people have had to spend more time at home and we thought you might enjoy some new ideas to get creative, each one fully illustrated and with simple 'how to' instructions.

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Derwent Valley Mills at Home

Whilst we're all spending much more time at home, we thought we'd put together a few activities to help keep you and the family occupied!

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Cotton-winding machine
How the Derwent Valley changed the World

This is the story of the industrial revolution – a time of great change in Britain’s history when we were transformed from a nation of mainly farm workers to a nation of mainly factory workers.

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Patrimonito: the international mascot of the World Heritage Programme
Children’s Activities

Download our Wordsearch and find all the words. Find out about Patrimonito. Find out about the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site and discover what there is to do for children and families at each of the places.

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Story-telling walks

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“Richard Arkwright” outside the Silk Mill’s Bakewell Gates
Funny facts

Find out where cotton comes from, how many brains silk worms have and how many World Heritage Sites there are.

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The Whistlestop Centre

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust provides hands-on activities at our Whistlestop Centre, designed to help children of all ages and abilities discover and understand the natural world around them. Situated in the old railway station buildings in Matlock Bath, beside the river Derwent and nestled below the spectacular High Tor Woods, activities focus on celebrating the landscape of the World Heritage Site.

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Annual Report: Masson Mills
UNESCO and Other World Heritage Sites

The World Heritage List includes all the sites that UNESCO has agreed are of outstanding universal value to humanity. The World Heritage List has three aspects. It includes monuments and groups of buildings and sites which are considered as cultural heritage. It includes areas of landscape which are considered as natural heritage. It includes sites which are considered to combine cultural and natural heritage.

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