Samuel Slater

From humble beginnings Samuel Slater was born on June 9th 1768 as the fifth son to a yeoman farmer in Belper.  As Samuel grew up he was put to work as an apprentice in the local mills of Jedidiah Strutt in Belper & Milford, his role switched often across his teenage years. However,when he reached … Read More

Alison Uttley

More than just an author of childrens books Many people know Alison Uttley as the children’s author that created beloved bedtime stories in the 1930s but there is more to the life of this complex women and her journey into writing was preceded by a love of science. At this point in her life, Alison … Read More

Sir Barnes Wallis

The man behind the story of the Dambusters Barnes Neville Wallis was born in Ripley Derbyshire on September 26th 1887, sixty years on he was a celebrated hero following his work in WWII and sixty years after that he was a knight, celebrated annually for his success and vision. This is a very simple way … Read More

George Herbert Strutt

Strutt’s of BelperGeorge Herbert Strutt was born in 1854 in the town of Belper, Derbyshire as the only son and youngest child in a family that held great influence over the town. At the turn of the century Strutt would enjoy plenty of wealth and success; in 1902 he bought the estates of Glensanda and … Read More

Baroness Olave St. Clair Baden-Powell.

Baroness Olave St. Clair Baden-Powell The story of her life began when she was born on the 22nd of February 1889 in Chesterfield to local artist Harold Soames and his wife Katherine. Despite a fairly nomadic childhood, locating often from house to house, she enjoyed a rich and privileged upbringing under the care of her … Read More