This week, as well as being the Derbyshire schools half-term holiday, the Discovery Days festival is being celebrated across the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. When we were asked to join in, we wanted to find a way to use the museum collections in a different setting. We don’t have many objects that relate to the mills themselves but we do have some wonderful images of the local area.
Cromford, taken from the Bridge. Watercolour by William Day, 1789.
Cromford has been attracting visitors since the 1700s, when artists came to paint the landscape and tourists came to admire the industrial innovations taking place at the mills. The images in the museum collection span the period from then until the 20th century, with the landscape reproduced in paintings, drawings, engravings and photographs.
Engraving, published by Rock and Co, 1852
This is also a revival of a project that first took place in…
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