Nottingham Industrial Museum
Located in the 17th century stable block of Wollaton Hall, the museum celebrates the rich industrial heritage of Nottingham and the surrounding areas. The museum is volunteer run and is open every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday. Take a walk around the galleries and discover the people, companies and industries that made Nottingham famous around the world. The museum has displays relating to five areas of Nottingham industry: Textiles, Transport, Communication, Mining and Steam; each investigating Nottingham's rich industrial heritage. The museum also houses a working Basford Beam engine and an original Thomas Humber's bicycle. On the last Sunday of every month a working day is held where visitors can see a selection of the engines running.
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking onsite
- No disabled access to upper viewing levels of Baseford Beam Engine, separate access to communications gallery
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, Mar-Oct, Sat-Sun & BH 11-5; Nov-Feb 11-4
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About the area
Most people associate Nottinghamshire in the East Midlands with the legend of Robin Hood, though the former royal hunting ground of Sherwood Forest has been somewhat tamed since Robin’s outlaw days. Traditionally, the county’s primary industry, alongside agriculture, was coal mining but it is also an oil producing area, and during World War II produced the only oil out of reach of the German U-Boats.
The county is divided between the old coalfields north of the city of Nottingham, the commuter belt of the Wolds to the south, Sherwood Forest and the great country estates known as the ‘Dukeries’. Towns of note are the river port and market town of Newark, which hosts major antiques fairs six times a year, and Southwell, known for the medieval minster with exquisite carvings of Sherwood Forest.
D H Lawrence was a Nottinghamshire man, born in Eastwood, the son of a miner and former schoolteacher. He grew up in poverty, and his book Sons and Lovers reflects the experiences of his early years. Other Nottinghamshire notables include Thomas Cranmer, the first Protestant Archbishop; Jesse Boot, founder of the Boots pharmaceutical company; Henry Ireton, the man who singed Charles I’s death warrant; and Olympic skaters Torvill and Dean.
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