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Why did we choose Matlock Bath?

Matlock Bath is a wonderful place to a fresh and intelligent eye and has so much to offer the new visitor or regular who is prepared to look further than the psuedoseaside appearance that currently lies at its surface. At its heart, Matlock Bath is a fine historical place, designated a conservation area, with many Georgian and Victorian listed buildings and a wonderful excitement and uniqueness about it.

We opened Life in a Lens in Matlock Bath because it is a good place to present the sort of delicate blend of history and entertainment that we have to offer – besides, we believe that Matlock Bath needs such regeneration. We hope that more people will follow our lead and help the village improve, afterall, we have proven to be successful with what we do here and there is certainly a market for it. Among the dross and the profusion of fast food there is an undercurrent of conservation and subtle innovation that is the true foundation and keystone of the village and is certainly worth discovering.

The surrounding scenery is a photogenic landscape of tall, rugged cliffs and woodlands through which flows the river Derwent, all of which can be seen to great advantage from the cable-car and the 'Heights of Abraham'. In the Autumn, there are modest illuminations and special evenings called 'Venetian Nights', which include marvellous illuminated boats – a credit to the village. The boats are constructed by local people for a prize competition are well worth coming to see.

Another great event is the charity 'raft race' which takes place on Boxing Day when hundreds of home made rafts of all shapes and sizes drift down the river and pass through the village. Other events are organised through the year such as the barrel organ weekend which took place in the summer of 2003.

Matlock Bath is an atmospheric and historic place and is well worth visiting at any time of the year and you will be more than welcome at Life in a Lens.

  Matlock Bath view  
Matlock Bath scene
Matlock Bath Pavillion
Two early views of the village. It still looks very much
like this today.
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    The 'Life in a Lens' Museum of Photography & Old Times – above the 'The Victorian Teashop'
114-118, North Parade, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire DE4 3NS Tel: 01629 583325
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