February News from Cromford Mills
New Online Talk Series
Definitely more Jane Austen than Bridgerton, this online talk series will take you on a journey through Georgian high society, tales of engineering ingenuity, industrial espionage and inspirational art, all from the comfort of your own home!
The Georgian Gentleman's Library is the first of an online series of evening talks hosted by the Arkwright Society as part of the events highlighting the 250 years since the first cotton mill was built at Cromford.
Taking place on the last Thursday of the month throughout 2021, we will announce upcoming talks on our website and social media, so please keep an eye out.
The talk for March is Joseph Wright and the Enlightenment in the Midlands, and tickets for this talk will also go on sale soon.
Vaillant Group support the Arkwright Society
The Vaillant Group, who are boiler and heating product specialists based in Belper, have offered generous support to the Arkwright Society.
As well as donating commercial boilers for use now, they have committed ongoing support for the Building 1 project, which is the next stage of the Society’s masterplan. While the site is closed, we are installing the boilers into buildings that were previously heated by old, inefficient boilers and storage heaters.
Vaillant tweeted out about their involvement in the project and included a link to their blog about it, which you can read here.
We are hugely grateful for Vaillant's support and look forward to working with them on our long term project to return water power to the Mill Yard.
New Funded Projects
The Culture Recovery Fund support that our senior team were able to secure, is aimed at making us more resilient, both now, and in the future.
We have just taken delivery of wonderful new bins to help us recycle some of the disposable plates and cutlery that we are having to use at this time. Most of what we are using is compostable, but encouraging our visitors to help recycle our waste contributes to our long term green agenda and reducing our carbon footprint.
The plumbers are in the Cafés fixing in the new dishwashers, with fast ovens ready to be wired in next. Whilst both Cafés currently look chaotic; when the work is done it will make a really positive change to working conditions for our team, and of course it will vastly speed up the time that we are able to get your orders processed. A win-win situation!
New options for tenants
According to the BBC News there has been a record number of people starting their own business this past year, despite the impact of Covid-19. We have also seen an increase in demand for small offices, and have responded by planning changes to configure some smaller office space for hire.