ENBIS-16: Industrial Heritage Visit to the Cotton Mill

14 September 2016; 13:40 – 18:00

ENBIS-16: Industrial Heritage Visit to the Cotton Mill

Our trip this year is to Cromford Mill, the world’s first successful water-powered cotton spinning mill. The Mill was built in 1771 by Sir Richard Arkwright and forms part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. Arkwright made several inventions himself, but is better remembered for his entrepreneurial activity, adopting and organizing the work of others to found the modern factory system. In later life he became known as the ‘Father of the Industrial Revolution’. Our visit includes a tour of the Mill and a traditional cream tea. We plan to return via the scenic route to take in some of Sheffield’s ‘Golden Frame’ in the Peak District National Park.