Dyes in History and Archaeology DHA30

Saturday 15 October 2011 Matlock Bath

The coach leaves the University of Derby Enterprise Centre, 37 Bridge Street, Derby, DE1 3LA at 09:30 taking us to Matlock Bath, 18 miles north of Derby in the River Derwent valley.
The first stop is at The Heights of Abraham.
We take a cable car to the Heights !


Things to see:
  • Great Masson Cavern – guided tour
  • Who Why What – the exibition where you will find all the answers
  • The Fossil Factory – film about the caverns
  • Heath & Heaven – the Peak District in aerial photos, words and poems
  • Victoria Prospect Tower – built in 1844, 12 metres high with 54 steps to the top
  • The Amphitheatre – enjoy the spectacular view
  • The Great Rutland Cavern Nestus Mine – experience the life of a 17th century lead miner
Eat, drink, shop
  • Gift shop, Terrace Coffee Shop, Summit Bar (we have a finger buffet lunch here)
  • Tavern – drinks, ices
  • Rockshop &ndash fossils, minerals, jewellery

Derby weather in October max 15 °C, min 6 °C.
The caves are a constant 10 °C so a jumper is advisable. There are good pathways and steps throughout the caverns, however sensible sturdy shoes are advisable, and no high heels!
Pictures of The Heights of Abraham can be found here.

After lunch we return to the coach, by cable car or on foot for the energetic, for a short hop to Masson Mill.
Sir Richard Arkwright's Masson Mill is a water-powered cotton spinning mill situated on the west bank of the River Derwent in Matlock Bath. This mill was built in 1783 and is sited close to the house Richard Arkwright built for himself within the parish of Matlock. It forms a part of the Derwent Valley Mills, now a World Heritage Site.

We have a guided tour of the Masson Mills Working Textile Museum.
Masson Mills house a fascinating collection of authentic historic textile machinery dating from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. It includes, among many other items:
  • The original 1785 bell which called the employees to work
  • The largest bobbin collection in the world
  • Some of the oldest working looms in the world - still producing cloth
  • Cotton doubling machines
  • Cotton Mules
  • The Devil
  • Carding engines
  • Overseer’s office
  • Pirn winders
  • Boilers and boiler House
  • Mill chimney
  • Victorian mechanics' shop in the ground floor of the Masson gassing mill, including steam engines
Refreshments will be available.
The coach leaves Masson Mill for the University of Derby Enterprise Centre at 17:00.


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