Enlightenment! exhibitions

The Strutts & Innovation Exhibition

Belper North Mill

20th April – 2nd May 2011

The exhibition highlighted the importance of the Strutt’s family contributions to the development of Belper, Milford and beyond.   Pupils from three local schools got involved in the exhibition which was staffed entirely by volunteers.

The exhibition was opened by Lin Ryan whose grandfather George Herbert Strutt gave Belper the Strutt’s school, swimming pool and River Gardens.



An unexpected (but very welcome) outcome of the exhibition was a new acquisition for Belper North Mill.   A visitor to the exhibition spoke to Stephanie Hitchcock  about a wooden box that she had purchased from an antique shop in Ashbourne 10 years ago. 

The box is inscribed with the words ‘W.G. & J. Strutt, Belper. Established 1780, manufacturers of sewing, knitting, crochet, merino yarns &c.’ The top of the box also shows an image of the Belper Mill complex with the mills at Milford in the background.

 After some discussions the visitor decided to sell the box to Belper North Mill so that it can be put permanently on public display. 



One Response to Enlightenment! exhibitions

  1. Joanne Morris says:
    May 6, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    I would like to say how interesting I found The Strutts and Innovation Exhibition that was held at the Strutt Centre between April 20th and May 2nd. I know that there was an awful lot of hard work put in to the exhibition and it was fully appreciated. I’ve had an interest in Belper and Milford for genealogy research for both myself and friends. I hadn’t before fully appreciated how big the mill complex had been in Milford. It really is a village that wouldn’t exist without the Strutt family.
    The school photo’s were interesting, the items on display wonderful and the nailers shop and Strutt Office were so well set up-the mouse house included!
    I’d like to thank everyone for their hard work and hope we can see more exhibitions in the future. I also went along to the North Mill to view the bowl and token. It’s amazing how these items have survived the years in between being produced and now, and fabulous that they could be shown off in the area where they were produced.
    Thank you again!

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