Strutt’s North Mill Museum is at the heart of UNESCO’s Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, which is
recognised as the birthplace of the
factory system, due to its pioneering
water-powered textile production.
See inside one of the earliest iron-framed, fire-proof, multi-storied buildings in the world, and understand how the North Mill inspired the construction of skyscrapers. Discover the factory system’s social impact on ordinary people’s lives and experience what life would have been like for a mill worker in a Strutt Mill.
Strutt’s North Mill Museum tells the story of how Jedediah Strutt helped introduce mechanised cotton spinning to the Derwent Valley, sparking the Industrial Revolution, and transforming Belper into the world’s first cotton mill town.
Darley Abbey Mill
Our displays also include original spinning
and framework knitting machinery, locally ‘chevened’ stockings, the life of a Belper nailer, and the unique story of how Belper’s Samuel Slater became the ‘Father of the American Industrial Revolution’.
We have increased the number of interactive activities for children and families, including Education Trails around the museum and Strutts’ Belper. We also have a revamped temporary exhibition space, which hosts regular exhibitions and special activities, such as Craft Sessions.
So keep an eye on our What’s On page to see our events.