Heritage festival at Arkwright’s Mill

sp91972 Cromford Heritage Festival. The Crimean Society.
sp91972 Cromford Heritage Festival. The Crimean Society.

Traditional skills from yesteryear were brought back to life during a two-day heritage festival.

Cromford Mill was alive with activity at the weekend as part of a celebration of the World Heritage Site.

sp91973 Cromford Heritage Festival. The Crimean Society.

sp91973 Cromford Heritage Festival. The Crimean Society.

The mill – where Richard Arkwright created the template for modern factories across the world – had a packed family-friendly programme including demonstrations of rural crafts and skills from bodgers and lime plasterers to wood carvers and spinners.

Visitors had a chance to watch the craftspeople at work and having a go themselves.

The festival also included live music, drama performances, traditional games, food and drink, workshops, a birds of prey display, a steam engines show and jazz from the popular Gershweng Gang.

Sarah McLeod of the Arkwright Society, said: “As part of the Derwent Valley Mills World heritage Site, Cromford Mill has a great atmosphere for celebrating our history.

sp91974 Cromford Heritage Festival. Marshall and Arianna Berlinghoff in the craft tent.

sp91974 Cromford Heritage Festival. Marshall and Arianna Berlinghoff in the craft tent.

“The festival was a fun way of bringing local people and visitors together, and showing them how to enjoy heritage.”

The free day was led by a group of graduates from Rolls-Royce who worked with the Arkwright Society to create the celebration of the region’s heritage.

The day also included a packed programme of events aimed at young visitors.

Children had a chance to make jewellery out of recycled material and create their own mini water wheels in an engineering challenge.

Sarah added: “It was nice to see so many children engaging in heritage which is not always and easy thing to do.

“We really want to local community to use the society and get something out of it.”