World Heritage Day 2024 at Derwent Valley Mills WHS

March 25, 2024 Published by Alex McCoskrie


This year the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site are following up on two successful ‘Georgian Derbyshire Festivals’ and encouraging visitors in partnership with Visit Peak District and Derbyshire to explore everything they have to offer on a ‘Georgian Derbyshire’ theme. The Derwent Valley Mills had a huge impact on world history starting in the Georgian period.

The Georgian era spans the years from 1714 to 1837, covering the reigns of George I, II, III and IV, as well as that of William IV. It was an era of great social, political and cultural changes. Derbyshire in the Georgian Era was a place of wonder, of surprises and innovations – a place which attracted the attention of the rich and provided better homes for workers. In the valley of the River Derwent, water was put to work to power the world’s first factories. Further north, the stark, beautiful landscapes of the Peak District and health-giving waters brought the county’s first tourists to Buxton and Matlock Bath.

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