About the Book
The industrial revolution had a major impact on the Derwent Valley Landscape and its left us factories, mills, ruins and weirs. There is a beauty in these buildings enhanced by the way nature is reclaiming the river. The exhibition Views from the Derwent Valley by artist Ruth Gray captured the valley as it is now but it is an ever-evolving landscape with factories being turned into offices and shops or being replaced by homes as we no longer need the river to power them.
The river is now enjoyed as a leisure activity and the transportation system of the canal, road and train lines that once were the arteries of manufacturing are filled with canoeists, cyclists, day trippers and commuters heading away to the cities. Ruth is interested in the way we choose to preserve the past and incorporate it into the now but she is also curious as to how far we will go to hold on to these moments in time as there is more and more pressure to build and accommodate our growing population.
These works have toured four exhibition venues Sock Gallery Loughborough, Number 28 Belper, Banks Mill Studios Derby and Cromford Mills. Ruth started these works in January 2015 after spending many months prior researching and generally being interested in where she lives in the World heritage area of the Derwent Valley Derbyshire.