Heritage centre’s history in the making

Crowds at the opening of the Heritage Centre in April 1989.

Crowds at the opening of the Heritage Centre in April 1989.


New Mills Heritage Centre, officially opened by broadcaster and journalist Brian Redhead, will be celebrating its 25th anniversary on Saturday April 12.

As on the opening day, the New Mills steam roller owned by David Lomas will make an appearance, New Mills Band will play and there will be a children’s art competition.

Over 400,000 visitors are thought to have passed through its doors since it opened in 1989.

The centre provides a place to learn about the growth and development of the town and as part of this function, it collects, exhibits, displays, and preserves documents, material evidence and other information.

A major advance has been the installation of a public access module for viewing the historic digitised photographic collection of New Mills and district, a joint project with the local history society financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

A workstation for this has been provided in the centre (there is another in New Mills Library). The collection is available online at www.picturenewmills.org.uk.

It is remarkable that for 25 years a small town such as New Mills has had such an asset of which many people are justly proud and visitors are impressed. New Mills Town Council, which owns and finances the centre, is to be congratulated on its enterprise over all these years.




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