East Midlands Oral History Archive

Calver Weir Archive

Physical detail

  • Number of items in the collection: 21 items
  • Venues where material can be listened to: digitised copies of interviews available to listen to at EMOHA
  • Media available on: digital files

Collection history

Calver Weir in the Derbyshire Peak District was built in the 19th century to provide water for cotton spinning at Calver Mill. The mill ceased spinning cotton in the 1920s by which time the weir had already fallen into a poor state of repair. This project, started in 2004, records oral histories of people associated with the mill and forms part of a project to rescue and restore the mill.

What the collection contains

Interviewees reflect on: their lives and work in the village of Calver; their ancestors who worked at the mill and the details of their work; fishing, playing and picnicking along the river; more recent uses of the mill, the removal of the water wheels and conversion of the buildings.

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