museums and attractions

Industrial

Biggar Gasworks Museum

Gas Works Road, Biggar, Lanarkshire, ML12 6BZ.
Tel: 01899 221 070.

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It was one of the first small-town gasworks to open in Scotland – and among the last to close. For more than 130 years, the industrial plant made coal…

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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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Finch Foundry

Sticklepath, Okehampton, Devon, EX20 2NW.
Tel: 01387 840 046.

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19th century water powered edge tool works containing original machinery, including unique tilt and drop hammers and three waterwheels all in working order.…

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Aberdulais Tinworks & Waterfall

Aberdulais, Nr Neath, Neath Port Talbot, SA10 8EU.
Tel: 01639 636 674.

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Famous waterfall. An early water-powered tin works was the last industry here. Today the waters of the River Dulais are used to make Aberdulais Falls self-sufficient…

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Anderby Drainage Museum

Anderby Creek, Skegness, Lincolnshire, PE24 5XW.
Tel: 01507 328 095.

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Situated in a drainage board pumping station built in 1945. Houses two Ruston 10HRC twin cylinder oil engines which drive Allen Gwynnes 42in. centrifugal…

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Sherborne Steam & Waterwheel Centre

Oborne Road, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3RX.
Tel: 01935 816 324.

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The centre brings alive the history of Sherborne's water supplies. Watch the steam engines in operation, other vintage exhibits and visiting attractions.…

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Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet

Abbeydale Road South, Sheffield, Yorkshire, S7 2QW.
Tel: 0114 272 2106.

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Once a producer of agricultural tools and the largest water-powered industrial site on the River Sheaf. A group of Grade I and Grade II Listed buildings…

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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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The Brickworks Museum

Swanwick Lane, Swanwick, Hampshire, SO31 7HB.
Tel: 01489 576 248.

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Be amazed at the authentic sights, sounds and smells of the last steam-driven Victorian brickworks in the UK. Make your own brick, get close to the massive…

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Droitwich Spa Heritage Centre

St Richards House , 22 Victoria Square , Droitwich Spa , Worcestershire, WR9 8DS.
Tel: 01905 774 312.

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The Heritage Centre is housed on the former Brine Baths site, which was first established in the 1880s. The present black & white building, known as St.…

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Calderdale Industrial Museum

Central Works, Square Road, Halifax, Yorkshire, HX1 1QG.
Tel: 01422 384 721.

This collection represents a cross section of the wide variety of industries that developed in Calderdale. Some of the machines are the only surviving…

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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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Hayle Heritage Centre

John Harvey House, 24 Foundry Square, Hayle, Cornwall, TR27 4HH.
Tel: 01736 757 683.

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Hayle dominated the world engineering market throughout the 19th century with its two rival foundries. This legacy is preserved through an industrial history…

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Rochdale Pioneers Museum

31 Toad Lane, Rochdale, Lancashire, OL16 1YL.
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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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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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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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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Newtown Textile Museum

5-7 Commercial Street, Newtown, Powys, SY16 2BL.
Tel: 01938 554 656.

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A good example of a 19th century weaving shop. History of the woollen industry in Newtown.

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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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Verdant Works

West Henderson's Wynd, Dundee, Angus, DD1 5BT.
Tel: 01382 309 060.

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Textile heritage centre with restored jute machinery showing working conditions over 100 years ago. Interactive displays take visitors from the jute fields…

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Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum

10 South Access Road, Walthamstow, London, Greater London, E17 8AX.
Tel: 020 8521 1766.

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Former Victorian sewage works containing two 1897 Marshall coupled horizontal steam engines, one restored and operated by compressed air, together with…

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Darkhill Ironworks

Parkend Road, Coleford, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL16 7LX.
Tel: 0000.

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It is an internationally important industrial remains associated with the development of the iron and steel industries, started by David Mushet around…

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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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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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