Jean Bellaby: a multi- talented volunteer

17th January 2019

Summer Holiday Activities - Keep the kids entertained


Congratulations Adrian


A First World War Centenary

24th April 2018

Cycle Race Passing through Belper

Saturday 10th June

Sylvan Exhibition extended


Woollen Woods Workshop - Belper Arts Trail


Museum's Opening Weekend 2017


Museum Closed During December and January


North Mill wins awards at the Derbyshire Heritage Awards Night


Calling all Local Artists and Makers

23rd October 2016

Discovery Day Events at Strutt’s North Mill

23rd October 2016

Summer Craft Competition - Wind the Bobbins Up

1st August 2016

Pyramus and Thisbe: A Participatory Performance

Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th July

500 small figures hidden at Mill

Launch Event - Saturday 14th May 6-8pm

Belper Arts Trail: Community Crafts at t' Mill

1st May

Saying goodbye

January 11th 2016

White Peak Writers visit the Mill

January 6th 2016

Christmas and New Year opening

December 28th

Food Festival success

7th December 2015

Christmas is coming

November 16th

Work at the Mill

November 5th 2015

Sweet Memories at the Mill

25th October 2015

Successful Museum Resilience Fund bid from Arts Council England

14 October

EMMS Stronger Museums programme


Volunteers' Association Trip

September 15th 2015

Heritage Open Days


Back to School


Local BBC TV and radio news raises concerns over condition of the North and East Mill


The Duke of Devonshire visits Belper North Mill

July 22 2015

Meet the Mill's new fundraising and volunteer support officer

July 7th 2015

University of Derby internships

26th June 2015

20th Anniversary Exhibition

June 2015

Jean Bellaby: a multi- talented volunteer

by Rosemary Annable on behalf of the Belper North Mill Trust

17th January 2019

Jean Bellaby: a multi- talented volunteer

The Belper North Mill Trust records, with regret, the death of one of our longest-serving volunteers. Jean Bellaby was a popular guide and an invaluable, multi-talented volunteer at the museum for almost 20 years. She attended the inaugural meeting in 1995 to recruit local people to help establish and run a visitor centre, initiated by Amber Valley’s tourism unit, and helped with its development into an accredited, award-winning museum.

Jean’s main role was as a guide (both in the mill and on heritage walks) but she had many talents and could turn her hand to anything – and did just that. Her innovative skills as a seamstress produced the costumes for school visits, still used by the mill’s Education Team, and a wide variety of other display materials to help visitors to appreciate and enjoy the museum’s many stories.

A quiet and rather shy foil to her more flamboyant husband Arthur, sometime Belper Town Crier and also a North Mill volunteer, Jean was always ready to help, including in any emergency. Following Arthur’s death, Jean decided that she would retire, but a call for urgently needed assistance one day brought her back to the mill – and to guiding visitors around the museum and Belper.

Shortly after she finally retired Jean attended the volunteers’ celebrations at the mill, marking the 20th anniversary of that first meeting when her volunteering began.
Her contribution to the North Mill and to the Belper North Mill Trust was enormous and we remember her with gratitude and, for those who had the privilege of knowing her, with affection.