Congratulations Adrian

30 April 2018

A First World War Centenary

24th April 2018

Cycle Race Passing through Belper

Saturday 10th June

Sylvan Exhibition extended


Woollen Woods Workshop - Belper Arts Trail


Museum's Opening Weekend 2017


Museum Closed During December and January


North Mill wins awards at the Derbyshire Heritage Awards Night


Calling all Local Artists and Makers

23rd October 2016

Discovery Day Events at Strutt’s North Mill

23rd October 2016

Summer Craft Competition - Wind the Bobbins Up

1st August 2016

Pyramus and Thisbe: A Participatory Performance

Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th July

500 small figures hidden at Mill

Launch Event - Saturday 14th May 6-8pm

Belper Arts Trail: Community Crafts at t' Mill

1st May

Saying goodbye

January 11th 2016

White Peak Writers visit the Mill

January 6th 2016

Christmas and New Year opening

December 28th

Food Festival success

7th December 2015

Christmas is coming

November 16th

Work at the Mill

November 5th 2015

Sweet Memories at the Mill

25th October 2015

Successful Museum Resilience Fund bid from Arts Council England

14 October

EMMS Stronger Museums programme


Volunteers' Association Trip

September 15th 2015

Heritage Open Days


Back to School


Local BBC TV and radio news raises concerns over condition of the North and East Mill


The Duke of Devonshire visits Belper North Mill

July 22 2015

Meet the Mill's new fundraising and volunteer support officer

July 7th 2015

University of Derby internships

26th June 2015

20th Anniversary Exhibition

June 2015

Summer Craft Competition - Wind the Bobbins Up

by Tom Wyke

1st August 2016

Summer Craft Competition - Wind the Bobbins Up

Belper is home to many talented craft artisans and enthusiasts, and because of this, Strutt’s North Mill, with funding support from the People’s Postcode Lottery, is launching an exciting new ‘Recycled Design and Making’ Craft Competition this summer called ‘Wind The Bobbins Up’.

Members of the general public are invited to come up with new and inventive ways of upcycling some of the Mill Museum’s hundreds of industrial wooden bobbins into products that are useful or fun, and will reflect the innovative industrial heritage of North Mill. The competition is open to all ages, abilities and it is hoping to attract all manner of makers, designers and inventors, as well as families, social groups and schools. Winning Categories will consist of: Most Inventive and ingenious; Most commercial; and Best example of making skills. There will be winners announced across the following entrant groups: Artisans; Family; Community Group.

All entries will be offered the opportunity for their designs to be exhibited during the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site’s Discovery Days Festival from 22nd to 30th October. Winning entrants may be commissioned to produce more of their designed product, using additional bobbins, to be sold in the museum’s gift shop. There will also be a cash first prize of £50 for the best overall design, which will be decided by a panel of judges, and smaller prizes available for success in the individual categories.

To enter the Craft Competition please drop down to the Strutt’s North Mill Museum during our opening hours, 11am-4pm Wednesday to Sunday, to register for the competition. Please note there is a £1 competition entry fee, which will secure you a bobbin (valued at £4) to work on.

In addition, there will also be a Free Bobbin Craft Session on Friday 5th and Friday 12th August from 12-3pm in the North Mill’s basement, where visitors will be able to turn a bobbin into a pin cushion, and develop their ideas for the ‘Wind the Bobbins Up’ Competition.

The Postcode Community Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. 55p from every £2 ticket goes to support good causes across Great Britain and internationally. Tom Wyke, the Fundraising and Volunteer Support Officer at the museum said: “The Postcode Lottery is enabling us to run a range of craft activities that are helping local residents to explore and understand the fantastic heritage of this area.”