The Institute of Quarrying

The Institute of Quarrying (IQ) promotes the positive impact of the quarrying industry


The Institute of Quarrying (IQ) was founded over 100 years ago to ensure that people working within the industry are recognised as highly skilled professionals and to raise standards. Our role is to promote the positive impact of the industry, the career opportunities available and provide guidance and support to people working in it.

Having recently merged with the National Stone Centre (NSC) in Wirksworth, we are excited about strengthening the visitor attraction by expanding on its purpose of telling the story of stone. We aim to engage, educate and inspire visitors about the quarrying and mineral products industry and the positive impact it makes on all our lives.

Both the NSC and IQ have a legacy of inspiring people through building knowledge and raising awareness. Coming together will enable us to create a world-class visitor destination and a centre of excellence for the quarrying and mineral products industry.


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