As part of this year’s Heritage Open Day’s DCRT have teamed up with Spital Cemetery for ‘Rivers of Life’ – a self-guided riverside trail exploring the hidden natural and industrial heritage of Chesterfield.
Follow the trail along the river to Spital Cemetery where you can find and uncover the secrets of this special place.
During the first section of this walk follow the river Hipper and discover how the people of Chesterfield used the power of rivers to fuel industry and expand trade, allowing Chesterfield to grow into an industrious and bustling market town. Learn how the river recovered from years of industry and pollution, now a vital urban corridor for nature.
For the second part of the tour, continue the trail into Spital Cemetery and find the final resting place of the families that traded alongside the river during the industrial revolution, creating goods that were used across the nation and world. Find and identify the symbolic flowers, plants and trees carved into Victorian gravestones, and interpret their hidden meanings. Look for signs of birds, bats and mini-beasts hiding amongst the cemetery’s veteran trees and rich habitats.
DCRT are teaming up with the University of Sheffield for this year’s Festival of the Mind, which runs between the 17th and 27th September. Join Sheffield’s creative and digital community for a celebration of ideas, culture and collaboration!
Look out for our Salmon of Steel sculpture, created by local artist Jason Heppenstall and our self-guided tour of the river Don with a beautiful, digital map and podcast to guide you!