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Welcome to the DerwentWISE Heritage at Risk Project

Aqueduct Cottage Belper River Gardens and East Mill Belper Unitarian Chapel Belper Unitarian Chapel Walls Crich Chase Woods Cromford Mills Cromford Wharf Willersley Castle from Scarthin Rock Darley Abbey Mills Discovery Days at Cromford Mills Duffield Methodist Church

The DerwentWISE Landscape Partnership has embarked on an exciting three year project to survey over 1,000 heritage assets within the landscape of the Lower Derwent Valley.  Our Heritage at Risk project will provide a significant step forward in the management of heritage at risk and prevent the further loss of historic buildings, monuments and features.  At the core of the Heritage at Risk project area sits the internationally important Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.  Through this project we will be able to survey and record the many attributes that contribute to the outstanding universal value of this special place and enable these findings to be included in the Historic Environment Record (HER) hosted by Derbyshire County Council, see Derbyshire HER.



We will train community volunteers to undertake surveys of their local heritage sites, and help protect these sites for the future.  A number of FREE training courses will be held throughout 2015-17 in the Lower Derwent Valley.


Join us

If you would like to volunteer and become a Heritage Steward, or are interested to learn more about the project, please contact us and see our volunteering page.  Come and join our growing group of volunteers on our voyage of discovery!


DerwentWISE is a £2.5 million, 5-year partnership project which aims to inspire and enable us all to care for the iconic landscape of the Lower Derwent Valley in Derbyshire.  The area extends from Matlock Bath, 15 miles down the River Derwent, to the Silk Mill in Derby.  Many of the DerwentWISE activities and projects are about working with local people to restore, conserve, and learn more about hidden or forgotten beauty of the Valley.  The partnership is led by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and includes Historic England, Derbyshire County Council, Natural England, National Stone Centre, Fleet Arts, The Arkwright Society, Environment Agency, Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Partnership, Derbyshire Dales District Council, Forestry Commission, Derby City Council, Amber Valley CVS, University of Derby and Amber Valley Borough Council, supported by the National Farmers Union.


Find out more about DerwentWISE and the Derwent Valley World Heritage site here.




 Training events now posted!

The first training events have now been posted on our 'Events and News' page. Please sign up for a heritage training session and join our growing team of volunteers.