There was a real buzz at Strutt’s North Mill Museum, Belper, when it opened its doors to children for a Half Term Happening.
The Grade I listed building was brought to life by volunteers and children dressed up as Victorian mill workers.
Visitors took part in photo hunts, and identiﬁed characters and machines, while Young Archivists identiﬁed Victorian artefacts. They played Victorian games and learnt how water wheels worked by making their own, had a go at willow weaving to make bird feeders and made peg doll Victorian ladies or soldiers.
Museum Manager Mark Higginson said: “We opened this year during February Half Term as an experiment which proved very successful. Our volunteers worked extremely hard to provide interesting activities and wish to thank everyone for their favourable feedback. It is certainly something we wish to repeat later in the year.”
The Mill is now open to the public from Wed to Sun 11am-4pm until the end of October then weekends only in November and February. Further details www.belpernorthmill.org