New Mills Heritage and Information and Cafe
Rock Mill Lane, New Mills, High Peak, Derbyshire SK22 3BN
Tel: 01663 746904
New Mills Heritage and Information Centre is owned by New Mills Town Council and is housed in several rooms on the ground floor of a converted building leased by the Town Council. It opened to the people of New Mills and Visitors in July 1989.
The running costs of the centre are met by the Town Council, which is the governing body. The day-to-day running of the Centre is the responsibility of the Administrator who is employed by the Town Council, and is assisted by a large group of expreienced volunteers, who give their time towards the running of the Centre. The Honorary Curator of the Centre is appointed by the Town Council. The current Curatorial Adviser is a former member of staff of The Manchester Museum.
The Centre was established in 1989 and has over 12,000 visitors a year. It includes the Museum, an Information Centre and a shop, which generates income by selling publications, maps, trails, sundries, light refreshments. The centre stocks books on aspects of the history of the town and its area as well as guided history trails and welcomes research and study enquiries.
The Centre’s collection includes over 250 items. The permanent displays are augmented by temporary exhibitions and special events are organised to attract users. Volunteers assistants are on duty to service the shop, provide information, deal with or pass on enquiries. Volunteers also help to manage the collection under the supervision of the Administrator and Honorary Curator.