The National Stone Centre

The image shows a sunny day with a bright blue sky. In the foreground there is a rock outcrop with a stone tower sculpture on it.

We are busy working away behind the scenes. The National Stone Centre and Peak District Mining Museum have just submitted a grant application to the Everyday Heritage grant. If successful this will lead to a community project recording the life of local quarry workers and miners. Keep your fingers crossed for us!

New Museum building sketches

These are the architect’s initial sketches for the new buildings at the National Stone Centre – one of which will house the Museum.

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We now need to know what YOU think of the buildings. The large sketches will be on display in the cafe area of the National Stone Centre with comments cards or visit to see all of the plans and then email your comments to In these sketches the Museum space is not large enough – the architect’s brief did not include details of who was moving there – but we are now working together with Babenko Associates to create the best possibe space.

The Institute of Quarrying

You can read the Institute of Quarrying information about our hopeful move to the

National Stone Centre by clicking here.

The link will take you to IQ’s website – do have a good look around it whilst you are there!

The National Stone Centre

We said we had some exciting news to share: We are exploring the opportunity to relocate to National Stone Centre near Wirksworth.

The opportunity for the Peak District Mining Museum to move to a new home has arisen following the 2021 merger of the NSC with the Institute of Quarrying (IQ). The shared ambition of the IQ and NSC is to create a world class visitor experience and an internationally significant centre of excellence for the quarrying and mineral products industry on the existing site of the NSC.

We are already working together to make this happen. It will take a few years to achieve but with support from grants and the backing of Peak District Mines Historical Society and all our friends we know we can do it! We will have an even more amazing Museum which tells the story of both mining and quarrying.

Keep checking back here for updates!



Outside a mine there are two children in orange mine helmets holding a rock. In between them crouched down is their father who is wearing a white helmet. It looks like the rock is heavy.

Exciting news!

Watch this space for a major announcement expected in April 2022.