Cromford Mill needs more volunteers

Volunteers%20at%20Cromford%20Mills%20enjoying%20talking%20to%20visitorsCromford Mills is counting down to the unveiling of its breathtaking new northern ‘visitor gateway’ attraction on February 1 and is putting a call out for people to fulfil the last remaining volunteer roles.

The heritage attraction is set to become a designated starting point for the whole of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site – the 15 mile stretch of historical mill complexes and industrial landscape that snakes through the stunning Derbyshire countryside to its southern most attractions, the Derby Silk Mill and Joseph Wright Gallery.

The state-of-the-art information hub will be housed on the ground floor of the attraction’s new, four-storey Cromford Creative business centre.

Volunteers will fulfil a number of exciting roles within the new northern ‘gateway’ centre and it will be their job to tell visitors precisely what there is to see and do at each of the 17 designated sites contained within “the valley that changed the world”.

They will be given full training so that they can share their enthusiasm and knowledge of the area and ensure visitors get the most out of their time there.

Sarah McLeod, Chief Executive of the Arkwright Society said: “This is an incredibly exciting time in the history of Cromford Mills and we simply could not carry out its valuable work without the support of volunteers. If the idea of being part of a new and vibrant project inspires you then you may be just the person we are looking for to join our team.”

Volunteers play a vital role within the Arkwright Society which owns and operates Cromford Mills. The organisation has just been awarded ‘Best Volunteer Project’ at the Derbyshire Heritage Awards 2015 for Explore Lumsdale.

Newly recruited volunteer, David Smith, said: “I want to volunteer so I can do something useful and interesting and to me Cromford Mills is a hidden treasure that I want more people to know about.”

Jan Land, who has volunteered with the Arkwright Society for several years and is keen to help out in the Gateway, said: “Through volunteering I have met new people, learnt new skills and, in a small way, felt part of something historically and culturally significant.  Cromford is a beautiful, atmospheric place that gives me a good feeling.”

To find out more about any of the volunteering opportunities with the Arkwright Society call 01629 823256 or visit the website: http://www.cromfordmills.org.uk/content/volunteering