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The Industrial Heritage Group

Leader:  Mike Stow - indhist@ashbyu3a.co.uk - phone 01530 469152

The Industrial Heritage Group is for members who have an interest in our industrial heritage of trains, cars, planes, bikes, early manufacturing etc. to visit museums, railways, factories and other places related to our industrial past. We occasionally take a quite broad view of what constitutes "Industrial Heritage" if it is of interest to us!

Travel arrangements vary depending on how far we have to travel, but generally we meet in Ashby to car-share.

Our trips are normally on Wednesdays unless otherwise stated.

Future programme

Wednesday 27th October. Visit to the Museum of Making, Derby

This museum has been undergoing a major renovation for many years, progress having been slowed by Covid of course. However it has finally opened and 20 of us went to have a look round. Entrance is free but it would still be worth going if you had to pay.

It is situated in the old Silk Mill building which is reputed to be the first ever fully mechanised factory in the world. The exhibits show off all the various industries and factories that have made Derby famous from silk, coal and pottery through to railways, bikes, cars and of course Rolls Royce plus many industries which we didn't know came from Derby. We spent a fascinating couple of hours there before heading of to Wetherspoons for lunch. It was great to be back out visiting places.

Next month we will have a discussion meeting to see where we can go next year when hopefully more places will be open.

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