Our cafes are open for takeaways and all of our fabulous independent shops are open! From Monday 17 May we are offering guided tours, including the Arkwright Experience, and you can sit inside our cafes again! Click Book Tickets for our guided tours.

Primary School

Even though schools cannot visit us at the moment, we are still here and keen to share our stories! We have developed a new online offer for primary schools, in two parts:

Meet the Mill Workers – these resources are free of charge and designed to introduce Cromford Mills to your pupils in an immersive, visual way. They can also be used as pre-visit activities when we re-open. Watch our videos to meet our mill workers Mrs Froggott and Mrs Henstock, and find out about their lives in eighteenth-century Cromford. Then use the craft resources and the source packs at the bottom of the page to learn more about textiles and the history of the site.

You can watch Meet the Mill Workers: Life at Cromford Mills here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1tSdedwmeE

You can watch Meet the Mill Workers: Life in Cromford Village here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwfMTBwdMDE

Download the information document below for links to the craft resources.

Ask the Mill Workers  - transport yourself back to 1797 with our loan box and online Q&A session! Have a go at weaving, carding and signing your indenture, then ask your questions to Mrs Froggott or Mrs Henstock, to find out what life was really like working in the mills.

Price: £30, for a maximum of 2 classes

Timings: 2 weeks' use of loan box, 1 hour online Q&A session at a time to suit you.

Download the flyer at the bottom of the page for more information, and email Eleanor at egunn@arkwrightsociety.org.uk to book.


Children of the Mills

Main Onsite Offer (currently unavailable until after May 17th): ‘Children of the Mills’, our interactive costumed role-play day in which children are immersed in the role of new workers at the 18th Century mills. Please download 'Children of the Mills Role Play Programme' at the bottom of the page for more information.


  • The lives of workers and the impact of the mills
  • The Industrial Revolution
  • Water Power

Duration: Minimum of 4 hours

Suitable for: This offer is targeted at KS2 classes, however we can adapt content as required. 

This visit is designed for a class of up to 36 children.


I just wanted to say a huge thank you to yourself and staff for making our class visit to Cromford Mill this Tuesday a superb experience.  All the children have been buzzing, the day was a memorable one for all... so many parents commented on the amazing facts coming from their children. .. I know it takes a massive effort to prepare all the practical activities and costumes in advance but it was a joy to watch the children take part. You were all great characters and your acting brought the story of Cromford Mill /Scavenger Boy alive for us all.