We offer regular guided tours during normal opening times, and these are included in the entrance fee for any visitor. Our friendly and knowledgeable guides will bring to life the incredible Strutt’s North Mill and help you to explore and experience the unique stories of our wonderful museum. The Museum tour includes a look around the main museum space, access to our recently revamped temporary exhibition space, a walk through the North Mill basement space and a look into the wheel pit. Tours of the museum last about one hour. Alternatively visitors can explore the museum at their own pace.
Tours for larger groups (of eight or more) are available at any time, including evenings, but booking is required to ensure a guide is provided, and there may be an additional cost to tours outside of our normal opening hours. Refreshments are also available upon request, with a tea/coffee and biscuits costing an additional £1 per person, but again this needs to be arranged in advance of the visit. Coach parties are very welcome and free parking is available for coaches.
We can organise the following special group tours:
• The Museum Tour, which includes detailed stories and explanation of the North Mill, as well as a tour around the main museum space,
access to our recently revamped temporary exhibition space, a walk through the North Mill basement space and a look into the wheel
pit. (£5.00 per person)
• The Belper Mills and their Watercourses Tour, which includes a walk around the wider Belper Mills’ site to see the weir, water channels,
River Gardens and old mill sites. (£2.00 per person)
• The Strutts’ Belper Tour, which includes a walk around the Belper Mills’ site and its watercourses, the
River Gardens, a walk up Long Row to see and hear about the millworkers’ cottages, and a visit to the
Unitarian Chapel. (£4.00 per person)
• Specialist Tours around the Museum on a specific topic. (£5.00 per person) Options include:
> Architecture and Design, which includes a more detailed exploration of the pioneering building
design of the fire-proof North Mill, as well as the watercourses and water wheels.
> Mechanised Cotton Spinning and the machines, which includes a more detailed explanation of the technological advances in textile machinery that inspired the industrial revolution, as well as a look at more recent hosiery and textile machinery.
> Social Impact of the Factory System, which includes a detailed look at how the lives of ordinary
people changed for ever, through the introduction of the mechanised processes of the factory system, and the impact that whole process is still having on all of us today.
The content of all these tours can be mix and matched depending on your interests as a group. To find out more about what we can offer to groups please us our contact form.
We also welcome school visits and Strutt’s North Mill is the perfect place for an Education Day. Children can explore what life was like for a millworker and better understand the Industrial Revolution. We welcome school visits and have a dedicated team of education facilitators (many of whom have teaching experience) who deliver an engaging and activity filled Education Day.
We have recently redeveloped our core education offer to include more interactive sessions, which help to meet a range of National Curriculum targets. However, we want to make sure your class gets the most from your visit, so we can tailor a visit to suit the needs of your group, and can accommodate a range of different age groups within our offer.
Finally, within the Derwent Valley Visitor Centre and Gift Shop we have a range of walks leaflets available to help you explore the local area. In addition, we have a range of guided walks throughout the year, exploring a range of hidden places and spaces throughout the town of Belper.
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