Christine and Alan Piper

Tue 14 July 2020

Christine and Alan Piper

It is with great regret that for the first time in forty years we must cancel the Buxton International Festival in July 2020. This is an enormous disappointment but the health and well-being of our audience, our volunteers, the BIF team and all the artists involved is of primary concern. By taking this difficult decision now we are safeguarding the Festival for the Future. Read our full statement here.

Please save the dates for next year’s Festival taking place 2 – 18 July 2021.


Lumsdale – The Industrial Revolution in a Derbyshire Valley

Lumsdale, near Matlock, attracts thousands of visitors to its beautiful waterfall yet most know little of its industrial history. In their new book, Christine and Alan Piper show that this small valley is a fascinating microcosm of the wider Industrial Revolution. The story of Lumsdale’s mills encompasses lead smelting, cotton spinning, bleaching and grinding industries and includes some of Derbyshire’s most colourful mill owners. Lumsdale’s ongoing conservation is being undertaken by the Arkwright Society.