Makers, Miners and Money

From Miners, Forgers, Grinders and Little Mesters to the Music Train and The Big Melt, South-West Yorkshire is filled with the heritage of industrial life. Makers, Miners and Money offers great days out, unexpected adventure and lots of places to explore.

Kelham Island Museum

Kelham Island Museum was opened in 1982 to house material representing Sheffield's industrial story. The Museum stands on a man-made island over 900 years old. Explore the sights and sounds of industrial Sheffield. Wander through the galleries telling the story from light trades and skilled workmanship to mass production. Learn what it was like to live in Sheffield during the Industrial Revolution and follow the growth of the city to see how steelmaking forged both the City of today and the world.

Magna Science Adventure Centre

Magna, the UK's first science adventure centre is set in the Templeborough steelworks. Set in this cavernous space are 4 pavilions where you can explore the elements, earth, air, fire and water. Here you can have fun firing a giant water canon, launch rockets, board an airship and spin in a gyroscopic chair, see lightning bolts, fiery tornadoes, explode rock faces and work real JCBs! The original steelworks truly provides a dramatic backdrop for the ultimate interactive experience.

Shepherd Wheel

There are two grinding workshops at Shepherd Wheel. The grindstones in them were used for grinding table and other domestic knives and pocket and pen knives. Some of the grinders may have worked for the tenant who rented the building. Others might have rented time on the stones for their own grinding work. Industrial buildings with just one function like this could be found all over Sheffield and are quite different to Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet where many jobs were carried out on the same site.

Wentworth Woodhouse

Wentworth Woodhouse, one of the largest houses in Europe and two houses of totally different architectural styles built by The First Marquess of Rockingham between 1725 & 1750, the west front of the house in the baroque style & the east front in the later palladian style. Wentworth Woodhouse is now open to the public after being closed and a private residence for over 25 years. They are currently open for pre-booked guided tours of the house and varied events throughout the year.

Wortley Hall Gardens

Within the 11 acres of formal Gardens, 15 acres of pleasure grounds and the old Kitchen Garden you will find a great deal to interest the keen horticulturist or arboriculturist. Wortley Hall was the former stately home of the Earls of Wharncliffe who owned Wortley Top Forge and mined huge areas around the hall for coal. They even built their own railway station on what is now the Trans Pennine Trail. The planning, landscaping, ornamental planting and the ultimate beauty of the current grounds are attributed to Lady Caroline.

Elsecar Heritage Centre

The Elsecar Heritage Centre is an Antique, History and Craft Centre set in the conservation village of Elsecar,and is located within the former ironworks and colliery workshops of the Earls Fitzwilliam. Restored buildings now house an antique centre, individual craft and business workshops, the Living History Centre and Building 21, a multi purpose exhibition hall, which holds events most weekends . The Centre also features the Elsecar Railways and the world famous Newcomen Beam Engine.

National Coal Mining Museum for England

An amazing opportunity to go 140m underground and feel what it was like for coat miners here and across England. See the working machinery and exhibitions, with great things to do on the surface too - nature walks, railway rides and meeting the working ponies. The National Coal Mining Museum for England keeps the stories of coal mining alive by creating enjoyable and inspiring ways to learn for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities and by collecting and preserving the industry’s rich heritage.

Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet

Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet is a beautiful setting for a day out. As well as the fascinating buildings and features of the site, there are activites to add to the enjoyment of your visit. Originally called Abbeydale Works it was one of the larget water powered sites on the River Sheaf. The main products of the works were agricultural scythes, but other edge tools were also made, such as grass hooks and hay knives. At the Hamlet you can see waterwheels, tilt hammer and the only intact crucible steel furnace surviving in the world today.

Cannon Hall Museum Park & Gardens

Cannon Hall is a stunning Georgian country house museum set in 70 acres of historic parkland and beautiful landscaped gardens. It is the perfect day out for all the family. Visitors will enjoy the sights and sounds of the past as they explore the Hall and its grounds, uncovering the stories of this unique place. Cannon Hall Museum is home to an astounding mix of paintings, metalwork, ceramics, modern glassware and furniture collections displayed in exhibition galleries throughout the Halls’ historic rooms.

Kirklees Light Railway

The Kirklees Light Railway opened to the public on the 19th October 1991 but the foundations of the line date back to the mid 19th century. A time of rapid expansion by railway companies which led to colourful politics and protectionism. There are 6 locomotives, 12 coaches, a new engine shed and station building at Clayton West. Since purchasing the line Stately Albion have made many improvements these include new carriages, two large play areas and a new tearoom and picnic area at Shelley.

Wortley Top Forge Industrial Museum

Top Forge is a Water Powered Heavy Iron Forge whose history can be traced back to at least 1640. The site has been used for bloomeries and fineries but it is best known for the Wrought Iron Railway Axles that were hammer-welded between 1840 and the closing of the Forge around 1910. Exhibits at Top Forge include the original water wheels and water-powered drop hammers within the original Forge building which is progressively being restored to 1900s condition. All 3 Water Wheels can be run subject to the conditions.