Author Adrian to talk about latest book

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Thursday, August 6, at Cromford Mills, is the date and venue for a talk by Adrian Farmer about his latest book Derwent Valley Mills Through Time.

He will present a selection of photographs that trace some of the many ways in which the Derwent Valley Mills has changed and developed over the last century.

The textile mills in the Derwent Valley had a massive impact on world history. This was the birthplace of the modern factory, where the innovations of industrial pioneers, coupled with access to tireless water power, enabled mass production to occur for the first time.

The communities created to support the early mills are remarkable, and much has survived of the early workers’ housing in Cromford, Belper, Milford and Darley Abbey.

Now inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the Derwent Valley Mills are beginning a new life, with restoration and fresh uses for historic buildings along the valley.

In places, views have been lost and buildings demolished or changed, yet this historic valley is as fascinating now as it ever was.

Using a selection of old and new images, Adrian’s latest book Derwent Valley Mills Through Time highlights the progress being made and the work that still needs to be done, while celebrating the diversity and heritage of these mills and communities. This talk will offer a rare chance to see a lot of the photographs that did not make the final book.

The evening begins at 7pm in the Gothic Warehouse, Cromford Mills, when cheese and wine will be served followed by the talk at 7:30pm. Tickets cost £7.50. Adrian will also be signing copies of his book.

Advance booking is recommended as places are limited. For ticket bookings phone 01629 825995, email reception@arkwrightsociety.org.uk or call into Reception/Shop at Cromford Mills.