museums and attractions

Industrial

Thomas Newcomen Engine

Dartmouth Tourist Information Centre, The Engine House, Mayors Avenue, Dartmouth, Devon, TQ6 9YY.
Tel: 01803 834 224.

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One of the few surviving 'Atmospheric Engines'. Built in 1720 to Thomas Newcomen's original design, this is the oldest preserved steam engine in the world…

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The Mill on the Fleet

High Street, Gatehouse of Fleet, Castle Douglas, Dumfriesshire, DG7 2HS.

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The main exhibition floor houses displays focusing on the history and heritage of Gatehouse, and exploring the Fleet Valley and surrounding areas.

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Sherborne Steam & Waterwheel Centre

Oborne Road, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3RX.

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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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Saltford Brass Mill

The Shallows, Saltford, Somerset, BS31 3EY.

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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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Swannington Incline

Main Street, Swannington, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 8QN.

Part of the Leicester & Swannington Railway, one of England's first, built by Robert Stephenson to carry coal. An engine house at the top housed an engine…

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Strutt’s North Mill – Belper

Derwent Valley Visitor Centre, Bridgefoot, Belper, Derbyshire, DE56 1YD.
Tel: 0845 521 4347.

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Famous 1804 ‘fireproof’ mill showing the history of cotton spinning, framework knitting, Brettles’ silk and cotton hosiery, chevening a form of exquisite…

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Stanley Mills

MIll Road, Stanley, Perthshire, PH1 4QE.
Tel: 01738 828 268.

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One of the best-preserved relics of the 18th century Industrial Revolution. Established as a cotton mill by local merchants, with support from the English…

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St Aidans Walking Dragline

Astley Lane, Swillington, Nr Leeds, Yorkshire, LS26 8AL.

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

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Somerset Brick & Tile Museum

East Quay, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 4DB.

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The core of the museum is the only remaining tile kiln in Bridgwater. Demonstrated are the processes involved in making the impressive variety of bricks,…

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Sir Richard Arkwright’s Masson Mills

Working Textile Museum, Derby Road, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire, DE4 3PY.
Tel: 01629 581 001.

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The mills house a fascinating collection of authentic historic textile machinery dating from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The collection has been…

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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 fascinating…

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Shepherd Wheel

Whitely Woods, Off Hangingwater Road, Sheffield, Yorkshire, S11 2YE.
Tel: 0114 272 2106.

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A unique working example of Sheffield's knife grinding industry. This water-powered workshop dates back to the 1500s and displays the tools of the trade…

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Sedgwick Gunpowder Works

Low Park Wood Caravan Site, Sedgwick, Cumbria, LA8 8AD.

Operated from 1857 until 1935. Includes the remains of buildings, mill races, leats and curious earthworks abound. Six incorporating mills, all of which…

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Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park

Off Bysing Wood Road, Faversham, Kent, ME13 7UD.

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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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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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Rockley Furnace & Engine House

Rockley Lane, Nr Birdwell, Yorkshire, .

The furnace was built around 1700 to smelt the local iron ore. The engine house once housed a Newcomen type pumping engine that kept the iron mine dry.…

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Rochdale Pioneers Museum

31 Toad Lane, Rochdale, Lancashire, OL12 0NU.

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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 Owen Museum

The Cross, Broad Street, Newtown, Powys, SY16 2BB.

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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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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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Quarry Bank

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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Purbeck Mineral & Mining Museum

Norden Station, Nr Corfe Castle, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5DW.

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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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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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