museums and attractions

Industrial

Davy Down Pumping Station

Stifford Pumping Station, Davy Down, Back Lane, North Stifford, Essex, RM16 5UL.

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Former Stifford Pumping Station, containing large diesel pumping engines being restored as part of an overall conservation project.

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Gray’s Printing Press

49 Main Street, Strabane, Co. Tyrone, BT82 8AU.

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Take a step back in time and discover a treasure trove of ink, galleys and presses hidden behind an 18th century shop front in the heart of Strabane, once…

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Gladstone Pottery Museum

Uttoxeter Road, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST3 1PQ.
Tel: 01782 237 777.

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Working museum of the pottery industry with steam engine, restored workings and bottle ovens. Galleries tracing the history of the industry with craftsman…

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Gayton Engine Pumping Station

Thacker Bank, Theddlethorpe All Saints, Lincolnshire, LN12 1PE.

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Built and completed by H M Commissioners of Sewers in 1850, to pump water from Gayton fen and marsh into the Great River Eau. Houses Petter 'Atomic' diesel…

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Frogmore Paper Mill

Fourdrinier Way, Apsley, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP3 9RY.
Tel: 01442 234 600.

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The world’s first commercial mechanised paper mill, opened in 1803, so Frogmore Mill has been making paper for over 200 years, for the last 110 years,…

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Calderdale Industrial Museum

Central Works, Square Road, Halifax, Yorkshire, HX1 1QG.

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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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Framework Knitters Museum

Chapel Street, Ruddington , Nottinghamshire, NG11 6HE.

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A unique complex of listed frameshops, cottages and outbuildings arranged around a garden courtyard with an adjacent former chapel in which many of the…

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Bradford Industrial Museum

Moorside Mills, Moorside Road, Eccleshill, Bradford, Yorkshire, BD2 3HP.
Tel: 01274 435 900.

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The museum has permanent displays of textile machinery, steam power, engineering, printing machinery and motor vehicles, along with an exciting exhibitions…

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Forge Mill Needle Museum

Needle Mill Lane, Riverside, Redditch, Worcestershire, B98 8HY.
Tel: 01527 62509.

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The museum is an unusual and fascinating place as its historic site illustrates the rich heritage of the needle and fishing tackle industries. Models and…

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Flaxmill Maltings Visitor Centre

Spring Gardens (access off A5191), Ditherington, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 2SX.

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Interpretations of the Mill’s role in the industrial revolution and the pioneers who made it happen, with details on how flax was processed, the mill’s…

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Flame – Gasworks Museum

44 Irish Quarter West, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim, BT38 8AT.

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Ireland’s only preserved Victorian gasworks that opened in 1855, and supplied the town with gas made from coal until 1967. It was subsequently used to…

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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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Blaenavon Ironworks

North Street, Blaenavon, Torfaen, NP4 9RN.

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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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Enginuity

Coalbrookdale Museums, Ironbridge, Shropshire, TF8 7DQ.
Tel: 01952 433 424.

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Switch on your imagination in our interactive Design & Technology Centre and discover how good ideas are turned into great products. Find out how a little…

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Donaghmore Famine Workhouse Museum

Donaghmore, Portlaoise, Co. Laois, IRELAND.

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The museum is a unique attraction as it not only tells the story of families who lived and died within the Workhouse walls before, during and after the…

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Dunkirk Mill Museum

Stroud Road, Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, GL5 5HH.

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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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Droitwich Spa Heritage Centre – Salt Museum

St Richards House , 22 Victoria Square , Droitwich Spa , Worcestershire, WR9 8DS.

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The Heritage Centre is housed on the former Brine Baths site, which was first established in the 1880s. Discover the links with Droitwich and salt making…

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Darkhill Ironworks

Parkend Road, Coleford, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL16 7LX.

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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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Cromford Mills

Mill Lane, Cromford, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3RQ.
Tel: 01629 823 256.

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The home of Sir Richard Arkwright’s first mill complex, birthplace of the modern factory system and internationally recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage…

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Cheddleton Flint Mill

Leek Road, Cheddleton, Nr Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 7HL.
Tel: 0000.

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A watermill complex that ground flint for the pottery industry. The site features two watermills, with wheels in working order, a small museum, a period…

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Chart Gunpowder Mills

Chart Close, Stonebridge Way, Faversham, Kent, ME13 7SE.
Tel: 01795 534 542.

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The 18th century mills were part of the Home Works, Faversham's first gunpowder factory and one of the first in Britain. It is one of the very few restored…

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Bonawe Historic Iron Furnace

Bonawe, Taynuilt, Argyll, PA35 1JQ.

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Founded in 1753, Bonawe is the most complete charcoal-fuelled ironworks in Britain. It is set in stunning surroundings at the head of Loch Etive.

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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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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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