Museum opens discovery centre

DERBYSHIRE’S Crich Tramway Village, home of the National Tramway Museum, has opened its brand new £1 million Exhibition and Learning Centre in the disused stone workshop that once served George Stephenson’s Railway.

Andrew Lewer (left) of Derbyshire County Council (pictured here with Dianne Jeffrey of the Heritage Lottery Fund and Colin Heaton of the Tramway Museum Society) performed the official opening.

Andrew Lewer (left) of Derbyshire County Council (pictured here with Dianne Jeffrey of the Heritage Lottery Fund and Colin Heaton of the Tramway Museum Society) performed the official opening.

Built in 1841, the two-storey building stands at the heart of the museum site. It was originally used as a smithy and wagon works for Stephenson’s one-metre gauge mineral railway to transport limestone from what was then Crich Cliff Quarry to kilns at Ambergate.
The newly-restored building links to the existing Workshop Viewing Gallery via an enclosed walkway to provide a visitor ‘welcome’ and exhibition space, which will tell the story of the earliest tramways and link the site at Crich to George Stephenson and his mineral railway.
A discount is offered for groups of 10 or more.

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