New Mills heritage and information Centre

ew Mills Heritage and Information Centre 2015

Peter is a photographer living in Whaley Bridge and a long time volunteer at the Heritage and Information Centre.  His work has been displayed at various sites around the Peak District.

Peter Murray

Current Art Display

We have a small, dedicated team of volunteers staffing the centre with only one part-time employee, though the Centre is owned by New Mills Town Council.

Curators, Educators, Shop Assistants, Waiters - Volunteers all

Staffing the Centre

Mike Daniels, Administrator

Judith Lanham, Honorary Curator

Barry Bate, Education Officer


10:30 to 16:30 during British Summertime

10:30 to 16:00 otherwise

10:30 to 16:00

Closed except bank holidays

The model of the town shows how the town is shaped by the rivers Goyt and Sett, and how their confluence at the heart of the sandstone gorge called ‘The Torrs’ helped to create the history of the town.

The model of the town as it was in 1884

How it was in ‘84 - 1884, that is!

As Saturdays and Sundays

Bank Holidays

Christmas Day

Saturdays and Sundays

Tuesday to Friday


Management Team

Opening Times

One of the biggest attractions in New Mills is undoubtably the Torrs, a sandstone gorge gouged out of the rock by the last ice age and enhanced by quarrying for the rock required to build some of the many mill buildings that once dominated the industry in the town.

Step Through The Gate

The View From The Gate

and into the Heritage Centre where a warm welcome awaits.  We can help you make the most of your time in New Mills, point out local attractions, help you choose suitable local walks, advise about public transport, provide you with refreshments and much much more.  Talk with our volunteers and find out just how helpful they can be.

For the past twenty-five years, the volunteers have offered advice across a wide range of topics.  They can help you to decide how to spend your time if you are visiting the area for a holiday.  

They can tell you the time of trains or buses in the area.  They can help you to select a walk suited to your abilities and your preferences.  

They can inform you about the history of the area or they can make you a cup of coffee and sell you a giant Eccles Cake or a Cherry Bakewell.

Or sell you a Derbyshire Wayfarer.  Perhaps you want to buy a book on local history - maybe one of the range of booklets produced by the local history society.

Pop in and find out how they can help you.

Or perhaps you live in the area and would like to consider joining the team of volunteers. Come in for a chat and find out a little more before making up your mind.