Making the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Resilient: Through a review and improvement of the Management Body and Funding Model, 2018-2020

Shared Assets were commissioned by the Derbyshire County Council to review the management body and funding structure for the World Heritage Site of Derwent Valley Mills

A bridge crossing the fast-moving Derwent river, with the large brick building in the background of Derwent Valley Mills on a sunny day.
Image: Derwent Valley Mills ©Jen Miles.

As the East Midlands’ only UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Derwent Valley Mills stretches 15 miles (24 km) along the river Derwent. The valley is home to 30,000 people and has a complex mosaic of different land and property owners, as well as being protected through a variety of UK planning and conservation laws.

Shared Assets carried out a review of the effectiveness of the current management structures, involving interviews with stakeholders, development of high level options and approaches to governance and management, a review and challenge by an expert panel, as well as research into the governance and management arrangements of a number of other World Heritage sites that could help to inform recommendations for Derwent Valley Mills.

A new Management Plan was developed for the period of 2020-2025, which centralised the key aims of: conservation and planning, engagement, development and tourism, communities, transport and accessibility, spatial priorities, and monitoring. Shared Assets brought forward options of management which were then explored and developed with involvement from the central team and a Steering Group.

An evolved Management Plan was put forward, detailing a restructure of Governance and Management Structures, using the aforementioned analyses that were carried out by Shared Assets. A strategy for the delivery, coordination, and a process for exploring the formation of a new body capable of delivering commercial and grant funded work were included in the report.

From an initial review to an overall output strategy, the consultation exemplifies the role Shared Assets played, and the tools they brought to improve the resilience of Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

Read the completed Management Plan for 2020-2025 here.
facebook twitter linkedin

Get in touch

We’re always keen to hear from people with interesting projects or doing similar work. Get in touch for a conversation about how we might collaborate.

Get in

Contact us
Contact us