Heritage Open Day – Cromford Mill
September 13, 2010 Leave a comment
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.