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

North Mill wins awards at the Derbyshire Heritage Awards Night

by Tom Wyke


North Mill wins awards at the Derbyshire Heritage Awards Night

Belper North Mill Trust, which runs Strutt’s North Mill Museum, was successful in winning 2 awards at the recent Derbyshire Heritage Awards. The 10th annual awards night celebrates the wonderful work taking place in museums, historic houses and heritage sites across Derbyshire. The Awards were funded by the Derbyshire Museums and Heritage Forum and a grant from Museum Development East Midlands. This year’s Awards were judged by Joy Hales (Editor, Derbyshire Life Magazine) and Pete Brown (Museum Education & Interpretation Consultant) whilst the ceremony was compered by Radio Derby’s Andy Potter. Award winners received a plaque, whilst ‘Highly Commended’ projects were awarded a framed certificate. There were 35 entries from 16 different organisations this year, so the judges were forced to make some very difficult decisions when choosing the winners.
In competition with some other incredible projects, The North Mill won the category ‘Reaching New Audiences’ with its project ‘Creative Craft Activities’. Tom Wyke, the Fundraising and Volunteer Support Officer said “This was a project funded by the Postcode Community Trust and has been responsible for the development of new audiences and forging new links in the local community. It directly engaged socially isolated members of the community, as well as local schools and youth groups in Belper, by inviting them to contribute to group artwork through participatory workshops.” This project is culminating in a temporary exhibition and installation in the museum from Saturday 22nd October through to the end of November. The entries for the craft making competition, to up-cycle industrial wooden bobbins, will also be displayed, alongside the artwork developed at the participatory workshops.
The North Mill, in partnership with Fleet Arts, was also successful in being Highly Commended in the ‘Inspiration Award for Best Special Project’ with its project ‘Part of the Fabric. This incredible art installation, which was funded by the Ashley Family Foundation, helped visitors engage with the museum’s basement space in a different way through threads being woven between the columns. The installation allowed visitors a more experiential sense of the Mill, and the associated workshops attracted new audiences to the museum.
There is a great opportunity to drop down to the Strutt’s North Mill Museum this Half Term as part of the Derwent Valley Mills Discovery Days events. On Sunday 23rd October there will be an Open Day at the Museum with FREE ENTRY from 11am-4pm, with tours by costumed guides and the launch of the new Craft Project Exhibition, as well as heritage walks around the town. There will also be the Belper Mill Artists and Makers Fair from 11am-3pm in the Fit Pit and historical Strutt House, with over 50 local artists and makers showcasing their work. So, why not drop down to Belper’s Award Winning Museum.