A MEMBER of Belper’s ‘First Family’ is flying in from Ireland to open a new exhibition explaining how that family shaped the town – and the world we live in.
Lyn Ryan, the granddaughter of George Herbert Strutt who gave the school, swimming baths and the River Gardens to the town, has agreed to visit Belper with her husband Michael to open the exhibition entitled ‘The Strutts and Innovation’.
It will run from Wednesday, April 20, until Monday, May 2, at the Strutts Centre, on Derby Road, Belper. Lyn will officially open it at an invitation-only event on April 19.
The exhibition will champion the Strutt’s role in developing Belper and Milford and describe how local industries evolved using the Strutt period of influence.
It has been organised as part of a Heritage Lottery Fund project initiative entitled ‘Enlightenment! Derbyshire setting the pace in the Eighteenth Century’.
The project is a partnership between three museums; Derby Museum, Buxton Museum and Strutt’s North Mill in Belper.
Manager of the Mill, Natascha Wintersinger, said: “This is a unique opportunity to see documents, artefacts and images which help to explain why Belper and Milford are now part of a World Heritage Site.”
Opening times for the exhibition will be 11am to 5pm daily, except Wednesdays, when it will be 11am until 9pm.
For more information on the exhibition, contact Strutt’s North Mill on 01773 880474.