What we collect

Our priority themes for adding to the collection are:

  • The Belper and Milford factory communities, particularly in the period of the Industrial Revolution (c. 1760-1840);
  • The Strutt cotton mill complex and associated water-power system and the technological processes used in the cotton textile industry;
  • Workers’ housing, chapels and farms, viewed as an integrated socio-economic unit;
  • Hosiery and framework knitting including the knitting process and ancillary chevening and embroidery work. This includes local merchant hosiers and firms that grew up in Belper in response to the presence of specialist workers in the town and textile printing at Milford, including block printing and picotage.