Industrial mill books to be won in competition

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TWO lucky readers have the chance to take home a pair of books about the Derwent Valley’s industrial past.

The Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site has donated two copies of ‘The Arkwrights: Spinners of Fortune’ by RS Fitton and ‘The Strutts and the Arkwrights’ by RS Fitton and AP Wadsworth, which have been published by the Derwent Valley Mills Educational Trust.

Both books are renowned worldwide for their portrayal of the area’s most important historical figures who helped shape industry as we know it, and both have been out of print for some time.

Fitton and Wadsworth came together in the 1950s to research the relationships and personalities which shaped the birth of the factory system, resulting in the publication, in 1958, of The Strutts and the Arkwrights, about the two most influential families in the World Heritage Site’s story.

Adrian Farmer, heritage coordinator for the Derwent Valley Mills, said: “If you want to understand why the Derwent Valley Mills are so important to world history then these books are what you should be reading.”

To be in with a chance of winning, simply send your name, address and daytime telephone number on the back of an envelope to the Matlock Mercury office, 4 Firs Parade, Matlock, DE 4 3AS.