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Strutt's North Mill Museum

Derwent Valley Visitor Centre, Bridgefoot, Belper, Derbyshire DE56 1YD
Bridge Foot Belper England DE56 1YD GB
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This mill is the oldest surviving example of an industrialised iron framed ‘fire-proof’ cotton spinning mill, which is now recognised as technologically one of the most important industrial buildings in the world. The mill, built by William Strutt in 1804, is at the centre of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

Walk around the mill’s exhibits and discover the history of early cotton spinning with its original and replica machinery. You will also learn about the older framework knitting industry to which Jedediah Strutt contributed his invention of the ‘Derby Rib Attachment’.

See Brettle’s cotton and silk hosiery collection with its ribbed stockings as well as displays of the locally unique chevening. There is even a tableaux of the much older and famous Belper nail-making industry.

Strutt’s North Mill in Belper is the perfect location for Key Stages 1-3 children as they can learn about Britain’s industrial heritage. Nearby are also streets of Strutt’s industrial housing and the renown River Gardens.

Facilities: Disabled access to main exhibits, but not basement. BUT video film of the basement shown on request. No cafe but tea/coffee/biscuits etc. Toilets including for disabled. RADAR key. Dogs not admitted to museum but OK in reception.

Opening Times: March to October Wednesday to Sunday plus BH Mondays 11am to 4pm
November to February Saturday and Sunday plus Boxing Day and New Year’s Day (Closed Christmas Day) 11am to 4pm.

Photo Credits: © Copyright Belper Mill