Keep up to date

We are continuing to work on our relocation to the National Stone Centre site. At the moment most of the work involves the filling in of forms.

But, if you are on LinkedIn you may like to follow our Museum and our Museum Manager (Clare Herbert) who is currently sharing information about some of the many mines in the Matlock Bath area.

Meeting at the NSC

Another really useful meeting with Theresa Peltier, the High Sheriff of Derbyshire. This time we met at the NSC with James Thorne the CEO of IQ.

The focus for discussion was the opportunities for education and employment the campus at the NSC will provide.

Once the building is up IQ will be leading professional training courses for the minerals industries from the classrooms and conference centre.

The discussion also touched on the range of apprenticeships both on the site (for example grounds maintenance, catering and tourism) and within the minerals industry.

And, of course, we talked about the need for funding and shared ideas of who to approach both for the new building and the new museum.

All washed down with tea and cake. 

The photo is taken in front of the new free exhibition at the NSC generously sponsored by Longcliffe Quarries.

First artefact for the Mining & Quarrying Museum

After being contacted by Ball Eye Quarry (Cromford) about some old business papers they had found in a building that was being demolished we whad to go down for a closer look. We ended up coming away with lots of papers and seismic data but also with a rather nice explosive store. This style would have been in use from the 1950s through to 1990s and so it was delivered to the National Stone Centre. It has some work to be done on it but will then be at the entrance to the M1 Quarry, named after the motorway which it provided stone for, as it fits that period of working. Our thanks go to Collins Earthworks Ltd who are working Ball Eye Quarry and delivered the very heavy container to the NSC.

Support from our MP

We were pleased to have a visit from our local Member of Parliament Sarah Dines, seen here with the water pressure engine. Clare Herbert (our Museum Manager and Project Manager for the new Mining & Quarrying Museum) took the opportunity to explain about our plans for the new Museum. Sarah has said that she would be happy to support an application to the lottery fund and to other grant bodies.

We have lots of great ideas for the new Museum and a lot of work to do to get it all sorted out. Do keep checking back on what we are doing, if you have any suggestions or can offer some funding please do get in touch with Clare.

The High Sheriff of Derbyshire visits.

Today the Museum had a visit from the High Sheriff of Derbyshire, Theresa Peltier, who had discovered us on Linked In and wanted to know more. We were able to share some stories of mining character’s who came from her home town as well as discussing the planned move to the NSC. Theresa was most impressed by the collection we hold and delighted to hear that we should have a quarrying collection joining us in the new Mining & Quarrying Museum. The opportunities for public and professional education at the NSC was also of interest to her and she hopes to meet with the Institute of Quarrying very soon.

The High Sheriff of Derbyshire stands next to the cheerful large wooden cut out of a miner who greets visitors to the Museum.

Our current situation.

There are many positive pull factors for our relocation to the National Stone Centre but before we even knew that it was an option we had been looking for a place to move to. There are many, many problems with our current location but particularly with the building where we rent a space. Having been neglected for many years the building is literally falling apart around us. The signage in the image will be going up today – just as we are gearing up for a busy Christmas Holiday period – as bits of render are dropping from a height of 10-12m on to the pavement in front of our main doors. We already had a plan in place for any problem like this and as we have another entry point which does not have loose render above it we can use those doors instead. But, it is an unwelcome reminder of the risk our collection is under whilst we remain in the Pavilion building.

Magpie Heritage Open Day

A light brown path heads into the distance. In the foreground the long grass is full of different species of beautiful flowers. The grass bank leads up to a blue building which is the discovery centre. To the left of the centre is a smaller whilte building.

We will be up at the Heritage Open day at Magpie Mine on Sunday 10 September 11am-4pm so do come and catch up on the plans for the new Mining & Quarrying Museum. 

Clare Herbert, who is the project manager for the new museum as well as the museum manager of the Peak District Mining Museum, will be in the Smithy with a small  display and is happy to answer questions on the project.

Free parking at the NSC

If you visit our Museum this summer then you will be given a voucher that can be used for free parking at the National Stone Centre (NSC) for the seven days after you visited us. At the NSC you can find fossils by following the geo-trail, pan for gemstones, walk through the woods and discover the different quarries. There is a cafe, toilets and a rock shop in the discovery centre. Lots to discover and no parking charge!

A light brown path heads into the distance. In the foreground the long grass is full of different species of beautiful flowers. The grass bank leads up to a blue building which is the discovery centre. To the left of the centre is a smaller whilte building.

Designing a museum needs a team!

image shows an initial sketch plan of one floor of the Museum with numerous post-it notes with people's ideas stuck on it.

On Wednesday 5th July 2023 we held our first brainstorming session of ideas for the new museum of mining and quarrying. This brought together teams from the Museum, the Peak District Mines Historical Society, the Institute of Quarrying and the National Stone Centre. Lots of ideas were generated fueled by plenty of cake and cups of tea. There will be more sessions to come including ones where we hope to hear from local residents and museum visitors.

Planning permission granted!

We are delighted to be able to let you know that the planning application for the new building at the National Stone Centre has been approved. All of the Councillors on the Derbyshire Dales District Council Planning Committee were in favour of the development which had been recommended by the planners.  Our thanks go to the amazing team from the Institute of Quarrying who put together the application and funded it.  Now we need to begin applying for funding and planning the relocation of the Museum. The hard work continues!