Here at the Arkwright Society we have a dedicated team of volunteers who assist in the learning and preservation of the history at Cromford and we could not do it without them. Our volunteers help in a variety of ways, from school groups, teaching children about mill life, and leading guided tours around the mill yard, to helping with hands-on work in the Lumsdale Valley.
We also have a team of volunteers in the Visitor Centre @ Building 17, a project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund to be a Gateway to the entire Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. Visitors are able to learn about the other significant sites within the valley and talk to our volunteers about the history of Cromford Mills, as well as meet Sir Richard Arkwright in The Arkwright Experience inside the first mill built in 1771.
Peter Mosley, Visitor Centre Host,
‘I volunteered in November 2017 and have enjoyed learning about the fantastic achievements of Sir Richard Arkwright. It is very gratifying to see the enjoyment our visitors get from a presentation and to receive their thanks for the knowledge they glean. It is such a pleasure to have the privilege of being part of the volunteering team at Cromford.’
Quote from Daymer Eshelby, Visitor Centre Host,
‘I first chose Cromford Mills as my voluntary placement at University because it's where the Industrial Revolution began and it's a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I was excited to work somewhere with such historical importance. The most enjoyable aspect of volunteering is sharing Arkwright's success and showing people around the first mill. Nothing will beat the feeling of being able to tell people that they're their stood in such an important place and sometimes people don't realise so it's nice to see people's reactions. I get to work with a great team of volunteers who all support each other and I am also supported well in my role and volunteering is flexible to suit my needs.’
Volunteers are central to the work of countless charities including the Arkwright Society. They are a valuable presence in many communities, making a difference in places as diverse as sports clubs, libraries, schools and hospitals. We would like to thank all of our volunteers for all the work they have done and continue to do.
Hundreds of events will be taking place across the country to mark Volunteers' Week. The annual campaign, which was established in 1984, recognises the contribution volunteers make to our communities every day. Here at the Arkwright Society we are happy to join in the celebrations and thank our volunteer team for the great work they do.
Interested in hearing more about volunteering here at Cromford Mills? Why not pop in, visit our volunteering page on the website, or give us a call on 01629 823256 to ask what opportunities we might have for you.