Last week I met with Adrian Farmer and Sukie Khaira from the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site to discuss the possibility of creating a digital mobile trail. Our initial thought is to create a walking trail that begins at Matlock Bath railway station and ends at Cromford station.
This route would take people past some of the key sites including Arkwright’s Masson Mill, Cromford Mill and the Cromford Canal as well as giving a glimpse upstream to Matlock’s High Tor. Other places of interest on this route include the Peak District Mining Museum, the Lovers Walk footpaths alongside the Derwent, Willersely Castle and a potential detour to Cromford Village.
Buxton Museum holds varied collections relating to the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site including objects that it bought as part of a Heritage Lottery Funded ‘Collecting Cultures’ project. This included art works of the area and early souvenirs such as this porcelain cup and saucer made by the Derby Porcelain Company in 1795. The cup shows a view of Little Eaton while the saucer shows an image of ‘Sir Richard Arkwright’s Mill at Cromford’.