Other ways of finding out.

There are rich pickings in the on-line searches of the Local Studies Library newspaper archive. The challenge is to find the trigger words, phrases and names to strike lucky. I am still working on that. It takes time to find your way around the old directories in the library but they are invaluable. I feel… Continue Reading →

A 21st Century Mill

Yesterday, 14th May, the group visited to a fully operational, 21st century Derwent Valley enterprise, John Smedley Mills, in Lea Bridge Matlock. We  read the health and safety guidelines and made a packed lunch. It was a glorious day and Derbyshire looked spectacular. Perfect picnic weather.   Most of Fact & Fabrication participants gathered in The… Continue Reading →

University of Derby

Tuesday 24th April saw our group attend the University of Derby to talk to  Dr Cath Feely and Dr Helen Bates about possible areas of research focus. Both women are lecturers on the Public History and Heritage MA which began in September 2017 and have not only a background in research but also an in… Continue Reading →

Derby Local Studies Library

Tuesday 27 March 2018 saw the first outing for our research group at Derby Local Studies and Family History Library. Jenny, Maureen, Hazel and seven volunteers were given an extremely warm welcome by Mark Young, the manager of the library (pictured) and library genealogist Jane. Mark and Jane covered ever aspect of how to use… Continue Reading →

About us

  Spiral Arts are a Derby-based collective of professional visual artists with over 12 years’ experience of delivering participatory workshops. Their aim is to work in the local communities in Derby and the surrounding areas and use visual arts as a vehicle for social interaction in shared creative spaces, working with hard to reach groups, making… Continue Reading →


Welcome to Fact & Fabrication! Fact and Fabrication is a Heritage Lottery Funded Community Project which looks at the Derwent Valley during World War I. Made possible by National Lottery players through HLF’s First World War ‘Then and Now’ programme, the project will focus on researching the communities living along the Derwent Valley during WWI and… Continue Reading →

Fact & Fabrication Launch

What a fantastic launch of our project last week in the Orangery in the Derby Arboretum. We had invited people who had taken part in the project as well as friends and colleagues, it was lovely to see everyone enjoying the exhibition and installation. The launch was introduced by Hazel, followed by short talks from… Continue Reading →

Exhibition Tour

We are planning a tour along the Derwent Valley for our Fact & Fabrication Exhibition. The venues already booked are The Orangery, Derby Arboretum : Tuesday 23 Oct – Thursday 25 Oct, 10am-3pm Cromford Mill : Saturday 27 Oct – Sunday 11 November 2018 (Discovery Days) High Peak Junction Visitors Centre : Monday 12 November… Continue Reading →

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