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“Insight into industrial heritage”

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.
Reviewed 7 May 2014

Masson Mill was the second mill built by the pioneer of the factory system, Richard Arkwright. Unlike the original mill down the road this one remained spinning cotton from 1783 until 1991, the oldest continuously working mill in the world. Time your visit to include the weaving demonstrations at 11.00 (12.00 Sunday) and 14.00. Old looms are then put through their paces by a guide who explains the work of spinning and weaving. The items on display are not otherwise interpreted unless you have a smartphone able to scan QR codes. Entry is only £3. I was fascinated and very glad I went. Afterwards you can go shopping or have something to eat as the rest of the mill is basically a department store, if you like that sort of thing!

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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.

1  Thank Paul B
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Masson_Mills_Museum, Owner at Sir Richard Arkwright's Masson Mills, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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.

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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.

Thank Angie H
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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.

Thank Tony B
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Masson_Mills_Museum, Owner at Sir Richard Arkwright's Masson Mills, responded to this reviewResponded 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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