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MUSEUMS AND INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE

Prehistoric cave paintings, ancient druidic stone circles and the legacy of Roman and Norman invasions are all part of the history of Derbyshire. See great monuments of the industrial revolution - Trains, Trams, Mills and a World Heritage Site - fascinating, unique markers in history for us to explore and uncover today.

Come and discover the museums and heritage of the area by using the search facility on the right.

 

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Steam Engine visiting Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Passenger services on the line between Wirksworth and Duffield mainly using heritage diesel railcars.

 

Peak Rail
Matlock

Information on Peak Rail

Peak Rail welcomes you on a journey to a bygone age and experience the thrill of steam and diesel on our preserved railway

 

Churnet Valley Heritage Railway

More about the Churnet Valley Heritage Railway

The Churnet Valley Railway takes you on a journey back to the classic days of railway travel on a rural line

 
 

National Stone Centre

The National Stone Centre

The National Stone Centre, crammed with Rocks, Minerals and centuries of industrial history.

 

Crich Tramway Village

image of children riding on board a tram at crich tramway village

Take a tram ride through time at Crich Tramway Village, home of the National Tramway Museum

 

Heage working windmill  

Information on the working Windmill at Heage

Heage Windmill is the only stone-towered, multi-sailed windmill in England.

 
 

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

Visit Buxton Museum and Art Gallery to discover the geology and history of the Peak District

 

Bakewell old house Museum

Bakewell Old House Museum

A gem of a Tudor building. Great open fireplaces, a victorian kitchen and a toy room.

 

STRUTT'S NORTH
MILL

Strutt's North Mill

Visit Strutt's North Mill, the worlds first iron-framed fire-proof cotton mill.

 
 

Peak District rocks and minerals, such as limestone, fluorspar, Blue John and lead, have been used for thousands of years. Today, quarrying and mineral-workings leave holes in the landscape but remain an important part of the local economy. The industry has a long history - lead mining was first carried out by the Romans and reached its peak in the 18th century when the industry employed more than 10,000 miners.

 

The remains of this intensive lead mining activity can still be seen today in the form of distinctive humps and hollows, as well as numerous old pump houses and kilns throughout the Peak District, such as Magpie Mine near Sheldon, now a scheduled monument. Visit the Peak District Mining Museum at Matlock Bath where you can experience first hand the forgotten world of the Derbyshire lead miners.

 

Also evident are the many unfinished or broken millstones along the area's gritstone edges - carved in situ out of the local gritstone and originally destined for the nearby mills of Sheffield, the stones were discarded or abandoned when they were no longer required by industry.

 

Further back in time, the stone circles at Arbor Low, Hartshill, Nine Ladies, Gardom's Edge, near Baslow and the many cairns, tumuli and burial mounds are evidence of man's long presence in the region, while in the caves that honeycomb the limestone gorge at Creswell Crags, ice age people documented their lives with rock paintings and engravings around 13,000 years ago!

 

 

 

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