Contrasts in Georgian Architecture
The restoration of Buxton’s Crescent – how the Fifth Duke’s Georgian spa town vision is being revisited – with Richard Tuffrey
Buxton has been undergoing an extensive programme of heritage-led regeneration since before the Millennium in pursuit of its vision to become an internationally recognised spa town once again. Central to this programme has been the refurbishment of the Crescent, Natural Baths and Pump Room as a 5* hotel and thermal spa complex, shops and a visitor experience telling the town’s story for the first time. Although the project has had a long and sometimes tortuous journey, the refurbishment works were finally completed in 2020 enabling the facilities to fully open last year. The presentation by Richard Tuffrey, former Conservation Officer for Buxton, will tell the story of the project and explain why it has been critical to Buxton’s wider spa town aspiration.
The architecture of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site – with Adrian Farmer
In this brief tour of the Derwent Valley’s most distinctive buildings, World Heritage Site Coordinator Adrian takes the audience from the giant ‘engine’ that was Derby’s first Silk Mill, to Arkwright’s ground-breaking water-powered cotton mill in Cromford, taking a look at prototype sky-scrapers, government-funded churches and many other distinctive buildings along the way.