IT HAS been a year of celebrations for the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site in 2011.
As well as three mill centenaries, it has been the tenth anniversary of the site’s inscription on to UNESCO’s World Heritage list.
And now, the final event to mark this important year has been the publication of The Derwent Valley Mills and their Communities.
It is a large-format book packed with colour photographs, paintings and rare prints.
Based on the information submitted to UNESCO ten years ago, it has information on many of the buildings and communities which make up the World Heritage Site, from mills and chapels, to schools to millworkers’ houses.
This is the second edition of the book, which has been out of print for several years.
For this printing it has been revamped with a new introduction and recently discovered images.
Director of the World Heritage Site, Mark Suggitt, said: “In 2011 we’ve celebrated centenaries for the rebuilding of Derby’s Silk Mill, new mills at Masson and the beginning of work on Belper’s iconic East Mill.
“There were celebrations in July, and then more than 12,300 attendances recorded for the Discovery Days festival week in October.
“Finishing the year, we have this top quality book about the mills back in print and looking better than ever.
“I hope people will pick it up so they can learn more about the Derwent Valley Mills.”
The book has four chapters: introduction, justification for inscription, description, and bibliography.
Belper and Milford are afforded 12 pages each in the description chapter, under the sub-section description of Property.
Well-known landmarks in Belper listed include the North Mill, the Horseshoe Weir, the East Mill, Dalley Farm, and the arched footbridge.
Properties from Milford include Redhill Farm on Makeney Road, and ‘The Bleach Houses’ — as they were once known — on Chevin Road.
There is also a sub-section on history and development, which includes pages on Belper and Milford.
The book, which costs £18, is flush with photographs and maps, among other interesting things.
To win one of two copies of The Derwent Valley Mills and their Communities that we have to give away simply turn to Page 6 and fill in the coupon.
The winners, who will each receive a copy of this super keepsake, will be the first two names drawn from the hat.
Send your coupon to Belper News, 27 Grosvenor Road, Ripley, DE5 3JE, or pop it into our Community Postbox at the News Corner newsagents at the top of King Street, Belper.
The usual Belper News competition rules apply.
The editor’s decision is final.
The closing date for competition entries is noon on Wednesday, January 11, 2012.