Knitting is miles better for town’s Night of the Museum

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if you think you know Belper’s only museum, think again.

For one night, during the Europe-wide ‘Night of the Museum’ celebration on Saturday, May 14, Strutt’s North Mill will be telling much more than its cotton-spinning story

As well as a maze-like mile-long knitting installation in the mill basement by renowned French artist Flore Gardner, there will be a chance to meet mill workers for story-telling, and to view rarely-screened videos showing the story of Belper Mill.

There will also be an opportunity to go on special tours, or even a treasure-hunt complete with prizes and refreshments.

The event kicks off at 6.30pm and runs until 9pm. Admission is £4, although for children it is free, for the special event.

Mill manager Natascha Wintersinger said: “Strutt’s North Mill is a remarkable building with some unusual and interesting spaces inside.

“Flore’s installation, plus all the extra activities for this event, will hopefully help people to see how unique their local museum is, and appreciate it as a great place to be.”

The European Night of the Museum will see 3,000 museums in 40 countries across Europe hosting fun and fascinating events into the evening and night.

For more information on the European wide celebration of museums visit

Strutt’s North Mill is open 1pm to 5pm Wednesday to Sunday.

Natascha is always looking for local people to get involved in telling the story of Belper, and the World Heritage Site, by signing up as a volunteer at the mill, either as a guide, receptionist or in another role.

If you are interested, contact Natascha on 01773 880474 to find out more.