museums and attractions

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Saltford Brass Mill

The Shallows, Saltford, Somerset, BS31 3EY.
Tel: 07823 321 768 .

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Situated on the banks of the River Avon in the village of Saltford, the Brass Mill is the only surviving building, still with a furnace and working waterwheel,…

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Purbeck Mineral & Mining Museum

Norden Station, Nr Corfe Castle, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5DW.
Tel: 01929 481 461.

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Dedicated to the history of Purbeck Ball Clay mining, the industrial heritage of Purbeck and the Purbeck narrow gauge railways.

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Wortley Top Forge

Forge Lane, Thurgoland, Yorkshire, S35 7DN.
Tel: 0114 288 7576.

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Water Powered Heavy Iron Forge whose history can be traced back to at least 1640. The site has been used for bloomeries and fineries but it is best known…

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St Aidans Walking Dragline

Astley Lane, Swillington, Nr Leeds, Yorkshire, LS26 8AL.
Tel: 0000.

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Come and see 'Oddball', the largest preserved walking dragline excavator in Western Europe. Look all round outside and see the giant 25 cubic yard bucket.…

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Fakenham Museum of Gas 2017

Hempton Road, Fakenham, Norfolk, NR21 7LA.
Tel: 01553 762 151.

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Last example of small horizontal retort hand fired gasworks. In operation 1846-1965. Only complete non-working gasworks left in England and Wales, now…

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Blaenavon Ironworks

North Street, Blaenavon, Torfaen, NP4 9RN.
Tel: 01495 792 615.

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Substantial remains of five early blast furnaces and associated workers' housing, dating from the late 18th century onwards. Charging to casting. Charging…

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Dunkirk Mill Centre

Stroud Road, Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, GL5 5HH.
Tel: 01453 766 273.

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Experience the power of the largest working waterwheel in Gloucestershire as it drives traditional textile machinery. Learn how the finishing processes…

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Ryhope Engines Museum

Waterworks Road, Ryhope, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, SR2 0ND.
Tel: 0191 521 0235.

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Illustrates aspects of water pumping. The two original Hawthorn beam engines of 1868, designed by Thomas Hawksley, have been restored and are steamed at…

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Moira Furnace Museum

Furnace Lane, Moira, Swadlincote, Leicestershire, DE12 6AT.
Tel: 01283 224 667.

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19th century open blast furnace. Guided tour shows how it worked and the lives of the inhabitants of the area. Boat trips on Ashby Canal run daily from…

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Rochdale Pioneers Museum

31 Toad Lane, Rochdale, Lancashire, OL12 0NU.
Tel: 01706 524 920.

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The museum is where the ‘Pioneers’, 28 working people, opened a co-operative store on the 21st December, 1844. It commemorates the birth of the Co-operative…

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Robert Smail’s Printing Works

7/9 High Street, Innerleithen, Scottish Borders, EH44 6HA.
Tel: 01896 830 206.

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A unique example of Letterpress Printing Heritage. Visitors will see the original Shop, Office, Caseroom and Machine Room and discover the facinating history…

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Robert Owen Museum

The Cross, Broad Street, Newtown, Powys, SY16 2BB.
Tel: 01686 625 544.

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Houses a collection of objects, pictures and written material relating to the life of Robert Owen. In his late twenties, Owen became a partner and manager…

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Risca Industrial History Museum

Oxford House, Grove Road, Risca, Monmouthshire/Sir Fynwy, NP11 6GN.
Tel: 01633 276 007.

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One of the finest collections of industrial memorabilia in South Wales, including items from the Sirhowy Tramroad and local railways.

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Nottingham Industrial Museum

Wollaton Park, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG8 2AE.
Tel: 0115 915 3936.

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Contains a unique collection of working steam and diesel engines as well as examples of textile and transport technologies and exhibits reflecting local…

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New Lanark Visitor Centre

New Lanark Mills, New Lanark, Lanarkshire, ML11 9BY.
Tel: 01555 661 345.

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Discover the impressive cotton mill village of New Lanark and explore its unique history. Founded in 1785, New Lanark was once Britain’s largest cotton…

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Red House Glass Cone

High Street, Wordsley , Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 4AZ.
Tel: 01384 812 381.

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Built at the end of the 18th century, the 100ft tall cone was used for the manufacture of glass until 1936 and is now one of only four cones left in the…

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Quinceys Pumping Station

Thorpe Culvert, Wainfleet, Lincolnshire, PE24 4NL.
Tel: 01205 356 208.

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Houses two Ruston & Hornsby 9 x HRC twin cylinder horizontal diesel engines, each coupled directly to a Gwynnes centrifugal pump. These pumps can move…

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Quarry Bank Mill

Styal, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 4LA.
Tel: 01625 527 468.

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Georgian cotton mill with displays of working machinery set in Styal Country Park. Visitors can see water and steam power working together, an 1830s beam…

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Prickwillow Engine Museum

Main Street, Prickwillow, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4UN.
Tel: 01353 688 360.

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The museum houses many very large and rare diesel engines, all in working order. The collection includes six large diesel pumping engines, all British-built…

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Prestongrange Museum

Morrison's Haven, Prestonpans, East Lothian, EH32 9RX.
Tel: 0131 653 2904.

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For centuries Prestongrange was a place of intense industrial activity. A harbour, glass works, pottery, colliery and brickworks have all left their marks…

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Park Bridge Ironworks

Park Bridge, Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, OL6 8AQ.
Tel: 0161 330 9613.

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For nearly 200 years, this was a thriving family business. Hundreds of people were employed here and its iron and steel were exported around the world.…

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Paradise Mill

Park Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 6TJ.
Tel: 01625 612 045.

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Take a guided tour of the mill and step back in time to an early 20th century silk mill. See 26 restored Jacquard looms, hear about the silk industry and…

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Paisley Thread Mill Museum

Mill End Mill, Abbey Mill Business Centre, 12 Seedhill Road, Paisley, Renfrewshire, PA1 1JS.
Tel: 0141 847 1111.

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The museum aims to preserve the social and industrial heritage of the Paisley & Renfrewshire Thread Mills for the education and enjoyment of all by collecting…

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Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park

Off Bysing Wood Road, Faversham, Kent, ME13 7UD.
Tel: 03000 422 997.

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Once one of the main gunpowder factories in the South East, the park is one of the best places to discover history of gunpowder manufacturing in a tranquil…

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