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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Wind the Bobbins Up - Craft Competition
‘WIND THE BOBBINS UP’ CRAFT COMPETITION LAUNCH at the Strutt’s North Mill Museum.
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.
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.
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
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.