New Mills Heritage Centre is owned by New Mills Town Council and is housed in several rooms on the ground floor of High Lea Hall in High Lea park. The Centre was established in 1989 at Rock Mill Lane and had over 12,000 visitors a year.
It moved to its current location in 2023.
It includes the Museum, shop and has a seating area for refreshments. It generates income by selling publications, maps, trails, sundries, and light refreshments. The Centre publishes 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.
Volunteer staff are on duty to service the shop, provide information, deal with or pass on enquiries and supervise the displays. If you are thinking of visiting the area, they can point you to local places to stay, from camp sites to B&B and more. They can help you determine the most suitable walk, whether your interest is local history, industrial history, natural history or just plain fresh air. They can suggest local restaurants and cafés for when you are thirsty or hungry and need more than the snacks available in the Heritage Centre. Volunteers also help to manage the collection under the supervision of the honorary curators.
Their visitors say that they like their friendly and helpful atmosphere, and that they think they are well worth a visit – according to a recent visitor survey.
Opening Times Saturday 11am – 4pm
High Lea Hall, High Lea Park, St Mary’s Rd, New Mills, High Peak SK22 3BW