Academic Research

The National Association of Mining History Organisations

The Northern Mines Research Society

Derbyshire Record Office  is rather dated but has extensive resources about the wider area

Chatsworth Archives

Other industrial Heritage in the area

The National Stone Centre

The Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site

Arkwright’s Mill at Cromford

Castleton visitor centre

Castleton Museum

Stoney Middleton heritage centre

Crich tramway village, home of the National Tramway Museum

Peak District Mining History

Peak District Mines Historical Society


There is a regular train service running between Nottingham/Derby and Matlock Bath, the Derwent Valley Railway Line. The Museum is about 10 minutes walk from the Train Station.

Several service buses stop close to the museum at frequent intervals (Fishpond Hotel stop).


The Grand Pavilion, Matlock Bath

Matlock Bath has the air of a seaside resort with plenty for visitors to see and do. The Museum has plenty of information and guides to the area and its attractions. Don’t miss the pond outside the museum, fed by a natural thermal spring.  There are also pleasant walks alongside the river, in Derwent Gardens, and the steep climb to the great views from High Tor recreation ground.
The whole region is full of interest for visitors, not just the scenic Derwent Valley and historic towns but also the industrial history – mines, railways, canals, watermills, quarrying.
Less than 2 miles away and served by the bus and rail routes is Cromford with Arkwright’s Mill, High Peak junction (small railway museum) and the historic Leawood Pump House.
5 miles away (and on the bus route) is the fascinating historic town of Wirksworth with a preserverd rail line (Ecclesbourne Railway)  and between Cromford and Wirksworth is the Steeple Grange Light Railway and the National Stone centre soon to be expanded to include major new visitor attractions including the relocated Peak District Mining museum.
Crich Tramway Museum is a little further away but that too is a great day out

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