Heritage Open Day – Cromford Mill

Over the Heritage Open weekend on 11th and 12th of September Anna Rhodes, Enlightenment! Assistant Collections Officer ran some family activities at Cromford Mill. 

Children had the opportunity to design their own souvenirs and make a prototype waterwheel for Arkwright’s Mill.

In the eighteenth century tourists began visiting the Derwent Valley.  They came to see its natural beauty as well as its innovative mills and factories.  Porcelain factories began to produce souvenirs for the rapidly expanding tourist market.  Over the Heritage Open weekend children were asked to design their own souvenirs that commemorated their visit to Cromford.

The second activity was to design and make waterwheels.  This seemed a fitting activity for the site of the world’s first successful water powered spinning mill.  There were some great waterwheels made and some very wet feet by the end of the day.

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