Get Involved at Cromford Mills

Volunteer at Cromford Mills

Would you like to be part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage site?  The Arkwright Society is looking for enthusiastic individuals to join the friendly volunteer team and help to preserve Cromford Mills for future generations.

Why do we work with volunteers?

The survival of Cromford Mills would not have been possible without the Arkwright Society and its skilled and enthusiastic members and volunteers.  Their passion, energy and enthusiasm – and fund raising efforts – have helped to transform a once derelict and contaminated site into a successful visitor destination.  In short, those early volunteers saved the site.  Over the years volunteers have provided tours, talks and much of the onsite entertainment.  Today we have over 100 volunteers who contribute regularly across the site.  We would love for you to join our team.

Why volunteer at Cromford Mills?

The Arkwright Society is a charity, dedicated to educating and encouraging public interest in the history and archaeology of industrial heritage buildings.  As a charity we have limited resources, but big ambitions and we simply couldn’t deliver everything we aim to do without the help of our volunteers.  Your support is vital to the ongoing development of the site and ensuring our visitors understand its heritage and get the most out of their time here.  Many of our roles involve working with the public, so if you love talking to people and inspiring them about local culture then you could be just the person we need to join our team.  

It’s not only Cromford Mills that we look after…

The Arkwright Society also owns the Lumsdale Valley and Slinter Woods and Dunsley Meadows. All of these sites need a lot of care in terms of woodland management and fundraising events.  We organise volunteer working parties to help clear vegetation, build footpaths and fencing.  So, if you’re interested in working in the great outdoors this could be for you.

What do you get out of it?

  • It’s a great way to meet new people.
  • You can learn new skills and develop your CV. 
  • We contribute towards travel expenses.
  • If you volunteer for a full day at Cromford Mills we offer a £5 lunch voucher to use in our cafes.
  • It’s a chance to get involved with local culture all in the wonderful setting of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. 

Volunteer opportunities

There are a variety of areas where we need more people to get involved. The majority of our volunteers help out part time, some roles involve a longer term commitment, and others could be helping with a short term project. Our Visitor Centre @ Building 17 is open daily; in here our volunteers inspire people about the whole of the Derwent Valley as well as taking visitors into the historic first mill to meet Sir Richard Arkwright. You could become a tour guide and share stories about our history or inspire school children as they learn about mill life.  We also need help at times with new projects behind the scenes. Our current volunteer vacancies are listed here:

  • Visitor Centre Hosts
  • Tour Guides
  • Costumed Interpreters
  • Learning Volunteers
  • Events Volunteers
  • Promotions Assistant
  • Christmas Shop Volunteers

How do you become a volunteer?

Have a look through our current vacancies and role profiles below and see if there is anything that interests you. Alternatively you may have a skill or expertise in an area we haven’t thought of yet, so if there is something specific you want to offer then do get in touch.

Fill in the Volunteer Registration Form below and send it to us at

If you have any questions about our volunteering opportunities or would like to hear more, please call 01629 823256 or email

Or by post:

Volunteer Department

Cromford Mills

Mill Lane