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The best mining museums in the UK

Posted July 21st 2017

Museum of Lead Mining

High in the hills of Scotland, in a village called Wanlockhead, is the Museum of Lead Mining, a Visit Scotland 4 Star Visitor Attraction and treasure trove of information about lead mining. The museum is set around a genuine 18th century lead mine which visitors can venture into on their tour, and shows how lead miners lived and worked at different periods as lead mining evolved. The museum offers daily guided tours of the mine, the miners cottages and the miners library, to give visitors a comprehensive and unique insight into the world of lead mining.

Keswick Mining Museum

Keswick Mining Museum explores the history of mining in Keswick, and how the industry has shaped the rural town throughout the centuries. Beginning with Copper and Lead, before progressing on to Borrowdale graphite, the mining industry here went through many stages of change before and eventually the mining of Slate, Coal and Iron dominated the town as the advent of the railway become more popular. As the first mining museum to be located in Cumbria it delivers a much-needed insight into the history of mining in the area and houses a lot of significant memorabilia.

Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum

A celebration of ironstone mining, the Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum is located on the site of Loftus Mine, the very first mine to be opened in Cleveland. Fittingly, it explores the rich history and subsequent legacy of iron mining in the UK, which at one time supplied iron to Europe, America, Africa, India and Australia, creating the railway infrastructure and bridges in these countries.

Peak District Lead Mining Museum

Offering guided tours and activities to suit children and adults of all ages, this museum explores the history of lead mining in the Derbyshire area. The museum itself is home to thousands of items that are displayed in different exhibits. Guided tours are also provided to Temple Mine where visitors can see how a mine worked during the 1920s and 1950s, as well as the equipment miners would have used.

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