Bringing the Derwent Valley Mills to the World

AN AMBITIOUS project to create a top-class website for Derbyshire’s only World Heritage Site has just been completed.

This week, www.derwentvalleymills.org is going live, with a massive resource for all – whether they are visitors, residents, walkers, historians, teachers, students, or just curious browsers.

The Derwent Valley Mills were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The website explains why that happened, what projects have been completed since, and what events are planned for the future.

For anyone planning a visit to the valley, this is the place to start, with maps, opening times and links to individual attractions.

A news and events section will keep people from across the globe up-to-date on the latest developments.

An extensive history section will allow them to discover more about the key sites and the men responsible for the development of the textile industry during the Industrial Revolution.

On a lighter note, there are games and a quiz to engage visitors of all ages.

And a section has been provided to explain how the site is managed to conserve it for future generations.

Isla Macneal, the World Heritage Site Co-ordinator, said: “The Derwent Valley Mills have immense educational and cultural value.

“This website will allow the global community to experience the site and understand the importance of its history, and this dissemination of information will enrich residents’ knowledge and understanding of the valley where they live, work and play.”

Note to Editors:

Screen grabs from the new website are available from Adrian Farmer, the Communications and Outreach Officer for the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

Alternatively, grabs can be taken from the website itself, on the understanding that these can only used for the promotion of the site.