Richard Arkwright, Jedidiah Strutt, Sir Thomas Lombe

Richard Arkwright, Jedidiah Strutt,  Sir Thomas Lombe

Famous as the Cradle of the Industrial Revolution, the Derwent valley was transformed by innovations in the silk and cotton trades and the construction of the first factories which changed the world of work for ever. The Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage site was inscribed by UNESCO in 2001due to its significance in world industrial history.

The development of the Factory System and the amazing achievements of entrepreneurs such as Richard Arkwright, Jedidiah Strutt, and Sir Thomas Lombe are told in this evocative drama/documentary, filmed entirely on location in cottages, cotton mills and the beautiful countryside of Derbyshire and the Peak District.

The DVD package includes a 64-page book, illustrated in full colour and  contains additional material on 18th century Derbyshire, which provides an informative and entertaining insight for historians, teachers of history and scholars of all ages... it is available to buy now!.  

Silk Mill Derby

Made by Maypole Promotions (Milford) & Treacle City Films, featuring Derbyshire actress Gwen Taylor and a large cast of characters


The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) enables communities to celebrate, look after and learn more about our diverse heritage.  From our great museums and historic buildings to local parks and beauty spots or recording and celebrating traditions, customs and history, HLF grants open up our nation’s heritage for everyone to enjoy. Since its conception, HLF has supported 26,000 projects allocating over ? billion across the UK.

©Maypole Promotions (Milford) and Treacle City Films 2008

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