Saturday, September 29, 2018


Industrialisation and Working People: Cromford, the Derwent Valley and Beyond.
The fifth Arkwright Society Academic Conference on the Industrial Revolution will take place on Saturday 29th September 2018.

Leading British experts on the Industrial Revolution will set out their views on the time when Britain changed in every way.  This year’s Conference continues to examine how the Industrial Revolution affected the lives of workers and will focus on the large numbers of women and children who moved from the informal workforce into a more structured working environment.  

  • We start with a brief overview of Belper North Mill research and publication by Dr Rosemary Annable.
  • A lecture from Dr Matthew Roberts covers how Framework Knitting was organised in Nottinghamshire and the effect this had on the local economy.  
  • Professor Karen Harvey looks at how Industrialisation also took its toll on male bodies and their wellbeing.
  • Professor Hannah Barker shares insight from her role as historical adviser for the National Trust at Quarry Mill.
  • Professor Christine Piper will focus on the gradual development of systems to protect working women and children.
  • Dr James Dowey talks about the early Knowledge Institutes which helped workers and others to gain the knowledge and ability to develop machinery.
  • Our final talk comes from Professor Colin Heywood who will consider the reading of children in the C19th as education became more widespread.

The price (£45) includes a lunch described by previous attendees as ‘far nicer than any Academic Conference we have ever attended’, and a chance to see the Cromford Mills, where successful spinning by water power began for the first time in 1771 and sparked a revolution in the textile industry all over the world.

Booking is simple - fill in an online form HERE, or you can download the booking form (included in the attachment at the bottom of this page) complete and send it back to us at the mill!

But be quick-the Early Bird booking price (£35) is only available until the end of August!

Please contact or call reception on 01629 823256 (option 0) if you would like more information.