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“History delivered piecemeal” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sir Richard Arkwright's Masson Mills

Sir Richard Arkwright's Masson Mills
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Owner description: "Step back in time" in the Working Textile Museum at Sir Richard Arkwright's 1783 showpiece Masson Mills,the finest surviving and best preserved example of an Arkwright cotton spinning mill. Let the sights, smells and sounds of historic working textile machinery transport you into the past and bring Arkwright's legacy to life. Shopping village, restaurant and car park on site. Gateway to the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.
London
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“History delivered piecemeal”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2014

It is useful to to have background knowledge and history of this country's cotton industry and Richard Arkwright's part in it. It would also be useful to know how a cotton mill works.

The displays and machinery carry no written description or history but instead a barcode to access the internet on your smartphone. Thus those without smartphones are left in the dark.

However because I was able to fulfil my two requirements I actually enjoyed this museum with the undoubted highlights the weaving machines in action and the 'Fearnought', a machine for ripping open and cleaning the cotton from the cotton bales.

Visited April 2014
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1 Thank Paul B
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Masson_Mills_Museum, Owner at Sir Richard Arkwright's Masson Mills, responded to this review, 28 April 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review Masson Mills Working Textile Museum. We are pleased that you enjoyed the looms in action and the 'Fearnought (otherwise known as ‘The Devil’)!
Our aim is to present history in our own unique way by giving visitors a sensory experience of what it was like to work in an 18th century cotton mill. The sights, smells and sounds evoke the authentic atmosphere of a working mill, with daily working machinery demonstrations at set times: Mon-Sat 11am and 2pm, (Suns 12noon and 2pm). Members of the Masson Mills workforce give the working machinery demonstrations - they are not dressed up to play a role - and they give a first-hand account of life in the mills.
We have deliberately removed signage and do not aim to give a history lesson. QR codes have been added to give minimum intrusion and impact on the atmosphere. Additional information is however available in the written tourguide, plus full details of the machinery can be found on our website.
Pre-booked guided tours with more detailed explanations are also available for those who would like further information.
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norwich
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“Good experiences”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2014

On the way home went to Matlock Bathe called at the Masson mill after shopping tea and a bun went in to the factory museum to give my daughter a sense of how the spinning and weaving was done. Enjoyed the demonstration of the weaving looms. All together a good afternoon out.

Visited April 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Great museum the children loved it all”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2014 via mobile

This is a great place to visit. The shops. Cafe and the museum is fab. We spent hrs in it. The story behind the factory is a great history lesson.
The children loved it all.

Visited April 2014
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Thank Angie H
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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“A potted history of cotton, we'll worth a visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2014

At 67 I thought I knew a bit about the cotton industry in this country. After a half hour demonstration by a very knowledgeable young man, my knowledge increased about 200per cent.With working machinery, this was a fascinating insight into the cotton industry, both the mechanical and human aspects.The shopping part of the establishment is a bit like any outlet centre, but there is a pleasant cafe for refreshments, all in all a very pleasant outing.

Visited April 2014
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Thank Tony B
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Masson_Mills_Museum, Owner at Sir Richard Arkwright's Masson Mills, responded to this review, 18 April 2014
The members of the Masson Mills workforce give a genuine account of their experience of working in the mills and are not just dressed up to play a role. Your kind comments will certainly be passed on to the young man who demonstrated the machinery on the day of your visit.
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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“Interesting Museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2014

We visited Masson Mills on a very wet Monday, mainly to get out of the rain for a while! It proved to be an interesting and informative visit. We were lucky to arrive in the museum just in time to see a demonstration of the various (very noisy) machines and hear how the mill would have worked in 1783. The guide was very knowledgeable and pitched his talk at the right level for both children and adults. Well worth a visit.

Visited April 2014
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