The Belper North Mill Trust

 Who We Are

The Belper North Mill Trust was established in 1998 as a Company Limited by Guarantee and a Registered Charity.

The charitable objects of the Trust are:

  1. To advance the education of the public into the industrial heritage of the Derwent Valley with particular reference to Belper North Mill; and
  2. The conservation, maintenance and protection for the public benefit of the historical, architectural, archaeological and industrial heritage of the Derwent Valley.

What we do

The Trust runs the Derwent Valley Visitor Centre together with a small independent, accredited museum in Strutt’s North Mill, a former cotton-spinning mill in Belper, Derbyshire.

The North Mill and the larger Belper Mills complex, of which it is a part, together with a significant number of other buildings in Belper form the central element of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site which was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2001 as the birthplace of the modern factory system, together with the communities and infrastructure that were developed to support it.

The Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site extends from Derby in the south to Matlock Bath in the north, along a 15-mile stretch of the River Derwent.

The Trust has two part-time professional staff and is supported by a team of some 40 volunteers who undertake all of the essential tasks required to open and maintain the museum on a daily basis.


Mr John Layton (Chair)

Dr Rosemary Annable (Company Secretary)

Councillor Ruth Bellamy

Mr Barry Dawber

Mr Jon Hayes

Mr George Jones

Mr Adrian Keetley

Mr Michael Kirk (Treasurer)

Mr Richard Massey

Councillor Maurice Neville

Mrs Mary Smedley


The Trust gratefully acknowledges the annual financial support given by Amber Valley Borough Council and Belper Town Council.


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Company (limited by guarantee) Number: 3509183

Registered Charity Number: 1068485