In 2001 Cromford Mills historical importance was acknowledged when this part of the Derwent Valley became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cromford Mill is not a museum, it is a multi-purpose site with visitor attractions and business tenants all contributing to the working nature of the site.
The site is undergoing a long-term programme of restoration. There is a variety of restaurants, shops, exhibitions and a regular events and schools programme.
Volunteers are required in a number of roles:
Visitor Centre Hosts welcome all of our visitors to the Derwent Valley World Heritage Site and perform a range of tasks to ensure they get the most out of their visit, including sharing your knowledge of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.
Promotions Assistant; You will proactively promote Cromford Mills, all of our activities and volunteer opportunities on site and at local events, shows and festivals. You will engage with people about the Arkwright Society, explaining what there is to see and do at Cromford Mills and the role of the charity, whilst encouraging people to join the society through our membership scheme.
As a Learning Volunteer you will work across the Education and Events departments to help to facilitate a wide and varied programme of activities for all ages. Your role will involve helping with the preparation of activities, both for schools and the public, and the assistance with the delivery of these workshops, so that everyone taking part has a positive experience. Your ideas for new activities will also be warmly received.
Events volunteers are key to welcoming visitors and delivering a successful event here at Cromford Mills. From family fun weekends to evening talks, if you enjoy interacting with the public, then this role is for you.
Costumed School Activity Volunteer; You will play a key role in the delivery of school workshops, acting in character and helping to bring the 18th century world to life as you tell stories of the history of the mills. You will help to guide the children through their workshops and activities and work with the groups own leaders to ensure that they have all of the information required and that the sessions run smoothly for all involved.
Costumed Interpreter; Our small team of role play volunteers work with the general public to help our visitors understand about the lives of the people involved in the story of Cromford Mills. They wear period costume and play carefully researched and prepared roles such as mill workers, overseer and possibly Richard Arkwright himself, as more characters are developed in the future.