Past Events at Strutt's North Mill

Saturday 14th May
Museum at Night - Art Installation Launch
500 small figures hidden at Mill
A massive installation using threads is being woven around Strutt’s North Mill’s supporting structure by artist Tan Draig OBE. But hidden within the web-like installation will be 500 miniscule ‘workers’. It will be on show in the basement of Strutt’s North Mill Museum and Visitor Centre from Sun 15th May – Mon 30th May, during the Museum’s open hours of Wednesday to Sunday, plus Bank Holiday Monday, between 11am and 4pm. Children can go in free and adults are charged £4, which includes a tour of the Strutt’s North Mill Museum – a fascinating glimpse into the work of the Cotton Spinning Mill from the earliest days of the industrial revolution until the end of the 20th century.
The installation will be made up of a web of threads, woven around the stone pillars that support the cast iron structure of the 1804 built North Mill, and is being installed by Tan over a period of four days.
“The idea of the web, “ said Tan “ is that it reflects the tight spaces that the mill workers worked in, surrounded by machines in great long rows, all running with miles of cotton threads that were being spun, doubled and finished. People will be able to walk down the ‘tunnel’ within the web and see if they can find some of the really tiny figures of workers hidden within it. “
Tan has also worked with over 110 local people at workshops as part of the project – with their ages ranging from 3 to over 80. They have made a variety of knotted and looped braids, done some giant tubular knitting, had a go at making nets and made more than 100 tassels – all techniques that the thread made in the mill could have been used for.
The project has been set up and organised by Fleet Arts, with a grant from the Ashley Family Foundation and some additional funding from Belper Town Council. Fleet Arts has worked with Tan Draig to create the idea and staff at the North Mill to bring it all together. The North Mill’s volunteers have been on a training workshop and then helped at many of the other workshops.
It is being launched to coincide with the Museums at Night open event, which is giving free access to the new exhibition ‘The Strutt Workers’ Community’, in the evening of Saturday 14th May. Participants in the workshops and other supporters have been invited to come along. “But, “added Tan, “I want as many people as possible to come throughout the time it is up – and they will need to come along to find what they can add to it themselves! It’s a secret - I am not telling anyone at the moment”
For more information people contact or phone Fleet Arts on 01773 820484
19th and 20th July
Pyramus and Thisbe: A Participatory Performance
1-3pm; 4-4.30pm; 6-6
An Exciting Participatory Workshop and Public Performances

Coinciding with the Belper Well Dressings, on July 19th and 20th July Strutt's North Mill Museum is hosting a theatrical performance in the North Mill and around the River Gardens called 'Pyramus and Thisbe'. We are working in partnership with the Shakespeare 1623 Theatre Company. There will be ab exciting participatory workshop for anyone keen to be involved in performing and the set design, followed by public performances.

PYRAMUS AND THISBE: the workshop, 1-⁠3pm
Join Peter Quince's theatrical troupe as he rehearses his tragic new play about forbidden lovers Pyramus and Thisbe.
You'll be cast in a part or given a costume to make, as North Mill basement turns into a hive of theatrical activity. 2 hours to get the show ready for performance in Belper River Gardens at 4pm and 6pm.

PYRAMUS AND THISBE : the show, 4-⁠4.30pm and 6-⁠6.30pm
Be prepared for an hilarious take on the ancient love story of Pyramus and Thisbe, as told by Shakespeare in A Midsummer Night's Dream and performed by people from Belper and surrounding areas. The actors have had just two hours to get the show ready for you. What could possibly go wrong?!

Tickets for the performances are on sale now from Strutt's North Mill and cost £4 for adults and £2 for children, with refreshments included. For those taking part in the workshop it is free. To book tickets contact us on or 01773 880474.
5th and 12th August
Bobbin Craft Workshop
As part of the Bobbin Craft Competition - Wind the Bobbins Up - there will also be a Free Bobbin Craft Session on Friday 5th and Friday 12th August from 12-3pm in the North Mill’s basement, where visitors will be able to turn a bobbin into a pin cushion, and develop their ideas for the ‘Wind the Bobbins Up’ Competition.
This activity is funded by the Postcode Community Trust, which is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. 55p from every £2 ticket goes to support good causes across Great Britain and internationally.
Summer 2016
Wind the Bobbins Up - Craft Competition

Belper is home to many talented craft artisans and enthusiasts, and because of this, Strutt’s North Mill, with funding support from the People’s Postcode Lottery, is launching an exciting new ‘Recycled Design and Making’ Craft Competition this summer called ‘Wind The Bobbins Up’.

Members of the general public are invited to come up with new and inventive ways of upcycling some of the Mill Museum’s hundreds of industrial wooden bobbins into products that are useful or fun, and will reflect the innovative industrial heritage of North Mill. The competition is open to all ages, abilities and it is hoping to attract all manner of makers, designers and inventors, as well as families, social groups and schools. Winning Categories will consist of: Most Inventive and ingenious; Most commercial; and Best example of making skills. There will be winners announced across the following entrant groups: Artisans; Family; Community Group.

All entries will be offered the opportunity for their designs to be exhibited during the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site’s Discovery Days Festival from 22nd to 30th October. Winning entrants may be commissioned to produce more of their designed product, using additional bobbins, to be sold in the museum’s gift shop. There will also be a cash first prize of £50 for the best overall design, which will be decided by a panel of judges, and smaller prizes available for success in the individual categories.

To enter the Craft Competition please drop down to the Strutt’s North Mill Museum during our opening hours, 11am-4pm Wednesday to Sunday, to register for the competition. Please note there is a £1 competition entry fee, which will secure you a bobbin (valued at £4) to work on.

In addition, there will also be a Free Bobbin Craft Session on Friday 5th and Friday 12th August from 12-3pm in the North Mill’s basement, where visitors will be able to turn a bobbin into a pin cushion, and develop their ideas for the ‘Wind the Bobbins Up’ Competition.

The Postcode Community Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. 55p from every £2 ticket goes to support good causes across Great Britain and internationally. Tom Wyke, the Fundraising and Volunteer Support Officer at the museum said: “The Postcode Lottery is enabling us to run a range of craft activities that are helping local residents to explore and understand the fantastic heritage of this area.”
Sunday 23rd October
Belper Mills Artists and Makers Fair
Over 50 local creatives from across Derbyshire will be showcasing their work from 11am-3pm in the historical Strutt House and the Fit Pit. At the same time the Strutt's North Mill Museum will be open for FREE ENTRY with costumed guides explaining the museum's spaces and artefacts. Sunday is also the launch of our Community Craft Exhibition, showing the incredible work completed by local community groups during the last 6 months, as well as all the entries from our recent Bobbin Competition.
26 December
Boxing Day Heritage Walk
£4 per person,
Under 16s free.
Start point: Strutt's North Mill.
Leader: Adrian Farmer.
Walk off the Christmas excess with a walk around Belper's town centre, looking at some of the hidden heritage you wouldn't find on your own. Ends at the North Mill with a warm drink and a bite to eat.
1 January
New Years Day Heritage Walk
£4 per person,
Under 16s free.
Start point: Strutt's North Mill.
Leader: Dawn Churchill.
Discover things about Belper that you never knew! A seasonal 1.5 mile walk looking at the hidden gems of Belper, showing why it is part of the World Heritage Site. Town paths with no difficulties. Includes refreshments at the end of the walk.
Sat 4th February
Museum to reopen for 2017
11am-4pm (weekends)
We reopen from Saturday 4th February, 11am to 4pm (weekends only throughout February)
From the 1st March we are open Wednesdays to Sundays, 11am to 4pm until 29th October (then weekends only in November).
Admission costs: adults £5, with under 16s free, and includes a free guided tour and access to our revamped temporary exhibition space.
Sunday, 30th April
Heritage Walk: Discovering Duffield
Join John Morrissey for a 2-mile walk around 'The Village that Moved'. Includes a visit to the site of one of England's sturdiest castles, long demolished.
£4 per person, under-16s free (payments to the walk leader on the day)
Start Point: St Alkmund's Church Car Park, Duffield (DE56 4BA, GR 348428). You can pre-book on 01773 880474 or just turn up at the start point.
30th Apr & 1st May
Woollen Woods Workshop
Come and see Anne Clarke's Woollen Woods. There are 143 artists taking part in this year's Arts Festival Trail at 55 different venues across Belper. Anne will be making her quirky and colourful woollen birds at Strutt's North Mill and they will then be displayed among the trees on Belper Parks. Come and see how it's done and have a go yourself.

To join the Arts Trail, buy a badge for £3 from Strutt's North Mill and this entitles you to visit all 55 sites simply by showing your badge. Accompanying the badge will be a booklet to tell you where they all are. And at Strutt's North Mill you'll also get to see our current temporary exhibition, Sylvan - A Photographic Exploration of Derbyshire's Woodlands at no extra cost. Please note our normal admission price applies if you want to visit the rest of the Museum.
Monday 8th May
Cotton-On Craft Club
With funding from the Foyle Foundation, we are able to run a new Craft Club on the second Monday of each Month, 7.00-8.30pm: 8th May, 12th June, 10th July, 14th August, 11th September.
Costs £3 to attend with refreshments and resources included.
This will be a space to learn, teach and share craft skills with the emphasis on exploring and representing local heritage, specifically the industrial heritage of Belper and the Mills.
Sunday 7th May
Heritage Walk: Belper and Morley Park Railway
Led by Trevor Griffin, this walk follows part of an early horse-worked railway, built between 1815 and 1842 to carry coal from coal mines around Denby to Belper. It first follows the final alignment, with a rope-worked incline down into the Henmore Valley and then returns along the original route that pursued a winding course to climb the same hill. Distance 2 miles, with some stiles and rough ground - stout footwear advised.
£4 per person, under-16s free (payments to the walk leader on the day)
Start Point: Openwoodgate Crossroads (DE56 0SD). You can pre-book on 01773 880474 or just turn up at the start point.
4th Feb - 14th May
Sylvan Exhibition extended
11am - 4pm
Launched on Saturday 4th February at Strutt's North Mill Museum, we're pleased to announce that Sylvan - A Photographic Exploration of Derbyshire's Woodlands, Jeff Mander's exhibition of stunning colour photographs is being extended by three weeks and will now run until Sunday, 14th May, so if you've not seen it yet, there's still time. Museum admission prices apply but remember paying an adult admission now entitles you to a free pass so you can visit the Museum as many times as you like for the next 12 months without paying again. Our next temporary exhibition will be Railway Belper, opening during June - watch this space for further details!
Thurs 1st June
Belper's Pubs - a talk not walk
Join Adrian Farmer as he looks back at the many lost (and surviving) pubs and inns from Belper's past, showing images of what they were like and telling tales of the people who lived and worked in them.

£3 per person. Under 16s free.
No.28 Community Hall, Market Place, Belper, DE56 1FZ
Sun 4th June
Pubs and Parks
Following Thursday’s talk, get on the trail of some of Belper’s lost
pubs, and learn fascinating stories about those you might already know,before following in the footsteps of medieval Belper folk to visit the Deer Park and beyond. Please note: NOT a pub crawl! Approximate length 1.5 miles, with some steep paths.

£4 per person (£2 discount if you attended the pub talk on Thurs night). Under 16s free.
Meeting point is Belper Market Place (DE56 1FZ)
Sun 11th June
Exploring Belper Cemetery
Join Adrian Farmer and Beki Howey to discover how Belper’s beautiful hillside cemetery was created, some of the people buried there, and where Oliver Reed stood during the filming of 1968’s Women in Love. Includes a look inside the chapel. Some steep and uneven climbs. Sorry, no dogs.

£4 per person. Under 16s free.
Meet at Belper Cenmetery Entrance, Matlock Road, DE56 1UR
Sun 18th June
Laying the Tracks: The Railway in Belper
Follow the railway through Belper, still a major artery, its route and features determined by the power of a local mill and land-owning family.
Walk leader: John Morrissey
Start Point: Strutt's North Mill (DE56 1YD)
£4 per person. Under 16s free.
Sunday, 2 July
Belper Snippets
One of our Heritage Walks, don't miss this gentle meander around the oldest but most fascinating parts of Belper town centre. Starts at Belper Market Place (DE56 1FZ) at 2pm. Wheelchair accessible.
£4 per person; under 16s free (please pay walk leader)
Sunday, 9 July
Wyver Lane and the Scotches
Join Brian Deer for a chance to explore the west side of the River Derwent at Belper, including Wyver Lane and the Scotches, and early industrial housing.
Start Point: Strutt's North Mill (DE56 1YD)
Charge: £4 per person; under 16s free
Sunday, 16 July
Sun 16 July: Turnpike to the Workhouse
Follow the route of the old turnpike road from the North Mill to the former workhouse along the A6 and find out about the social lives of Belper people in times past, their hardships, and their entertainments. Approximate length 1.5 miles.
Starts at Strutt's North Mill (DE56 1YD) at 2pm
£4 per person; under 16s free
Sunday, 23 July
Sun 23 July: Around Swinney Lane
Swine or St Winifred's - how did Swinney Lane get its name? Find out on this walk which takes in Chesterfield Road, Swinney Lane, parts of Belper Cemetery and Crich Lane. Some field paths. Quite steep in parts. Walk Leader: Dawn Churchill.
£4 per person; under 16s free (please pay walk leader).
30th July 2017
Belper in Wartime
Discover the hidden heritage that has survived and the stories from Belper’s time during the two World Wars, with some surprises on the way. Two-mile walk with some slopes and uneven surfaces.

£4 per person, Under 16s free.

Start point: Strutt’s North Mill (DE56 1YD).

Leader: Adrian Farmer.
Sun 6th August 2017
Along the Dalley
A walk along the Dalley Lane Turnpike, finding out about the spring, the small Belper coalfield at Lane End, the Strutt’s Wyver Farm, preenclosure paths and the ancient track of Longwalls Lane. Great views of the Derwent Valley.

£4 per person, Under 16s free.

Start point: Bull’s Head, Belper Lane End (DE56 2DL).

Leader: John Morrissey
Sun 13th August 2017
A look at the tiny community of Makeney, including the home of George Herbert Strutt, an ancient route used by Mary, Queen of Scots, and a hostelry with its own Dick Turpin myth.

£4 per person, Under 16s free.

Start point: Mill House Car Park, Milford (DE56 0QW).

Leader: Brian Deer.
Sun 20th August 2017
Bridge Hill to Corn Mill
From Bridgefoot, where ancient roads converged to Bridge Hill and the turnpike to Ashbourne, returning alongside the Black Brook, past the 17th Century Corn Mill. Ends with views of Belper’s elegant late 18th Century bridge. 2.5 miles - easy terrain, with a couple of stiles, one ascent.

£4 per person, Under 16s free.

Start point: Strutt’s North Mill (DE56 1YD).

Leader: John Morrissey.