SATURDAY 13th June 2009
Devonshire Hospital Building - External
Venue - The former Devonshire Hospital Dome. Built in 1789 by John Carr as stables for Buxton Crescent, converted into a hospital and now restored by the University of Derby. One of the largest unsupported domes in Europe.

09:00 - Vacate hotel rooms

09:15 - 09:35
Chair's welcome - Chair, Allan Morrison

09:35 - 10:05
Peak District National Park - Ken Smith, Peak District National Park

10:05 - 10:20 Derwent Valley Mills - Adrian Farmer, World Heritage Site Co-ordinator

10.20 –10.35 Derby Roundhouse - Ian Harris, Maber architects

10:35 - 11:05 Sustainability and Large Historic Houses and Estates - Ben Garstang, Chatsworth Estate

11:30 - 15:00


Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site and Derby Roundhouse. The Derwent Valley was the birthplace of the factory system where in the 18th Century water power was successfully harnessed for textile production. Stretching 15 miles down the river valley from Matlock Bath to Derby, the World Heritage Site contains a fascinating series of historic mill complexes, including some of the world's first 'modern' factories.( Derby Roundhouse built in 1839 for the North Midland Railway was the first building of its kind and is currently being restored for use by Derby college (

Chatsworth gardens The opportunity to look at water power on a monumental scale. The beautiful gardens at Chatsworth contain some of the most famous gravity fed waterworks in Europe including the tallest gravity fed fountain in the world designed and built by Joseph Paxton in 1843. Water also powers a turbine which generates electricity for the house. (

Peak District National Park The new Moorlands Discovery Centre is a sustainable building on the National Trust’s Longshaw estate ( From there the tour will move on to look at the work of Haddon Estates at Rowsley. Then visiting Cauldwell’s Mill a C19 working turbine powered water mill. The mill is driven internally by an American 'Little Giant' turbine installed in 1898, and a Francis twin turbine installed in 1914. The machinery dates mostly from 1914. Along the way the tour will take in other sites and sights of the beautiful Peak District.

Buxton – A walking tour of the historic spa town of Buxton and its recent heritage led regeneration.

All tours return to Buxton
World Heritage Site and Derby tour - after the tour delegates can be dropped off at Derby station (by 3pm) or return to Buxton (4pm).
Chatsworth – after the tour delegates can be dropped off at Hathersage station for trains to Sheffield or Manchester or return to Buxton (3pm).
Peak District National Park tour – after the tour delegates can be dropped off at Matlock station for trains to Derby station or return to Buxton (3pm).

15:00 Conference Ends