We’re pleased to announce that we are re-opening on the 4th July! As with other businesses there are changes to our normal operations. Initially we’ll be only be opening at weekends. The Cafe will only serving drinks and snacks, at least to begin with. We have looked at the available space from all angles and decided that this is the best course of action. Hopefully it wont be too long before the guidelines are relaxed further and we can start to cook again.

We’re also not going to be able to run any underground tours, as tunnels with a strong ventilation draughts are not the best place to be with other people in a pandemic! To make up for this we’ve devised a surface tour. We wont be charging for this but would appreciate your generosity at the donation box. Its something a different if you have already done the mine tour.

The museum will be open, with a few small alterations to form a one way system where needed.

You can find the more details of the changes here.

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Coronavirus Annoucement

With today’s announcement from the Government that all cafés are to close, we have to announce that the Apedale Heritage Centre will be closed for the foreseeable future. In reality this has just brought our plans forwards a little, as the safety and well-being of our volunteers and customers is first and foremost. Thanks to everyone who has supported us so far, we will weather this storm and look forward to seeing you all when we re-open.

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Newcastle in Bloom 2019

Congratulations to the Apedale Community Partnership for their success in this year’s Newcastle in Bloom completion. Awards this year are; a certificate of achievement in the Food and Craft Show, Best Individual, Silver for Community Gardens and Best Community Group. They are part of the Apedale family and some of the produce that they grow is often available at the Heritage Centre, (including jams at this time of year!)

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Deputy’s Sticks in the shop

We’re trying out some thing new in our Shop – Deputy’s Sticks – to see how they go. £15 each. These are Yorkshire style sticks, the ones that were used around the Staffordshire area were thinner.

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Half Term

The bank holiday and half term break is upon us, here’s whats on at Apedale…
Monday 27th – Teddy Bears outing on the Apedale Valley Light Railway, kids with bears ride for free. And we’ll be running mine tours as usual.
Tues 28th and Wed 29th – Mine Tours
Thurs 30th – unfortunately we will be closed
Friday 31st – Mine Tours

Apologies for not being able to open on Thursday, this is due to volunteer availability, but it is the first time we have been unable to open for a very long time. If you are interested in joining our merry band, do get in touch!

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Pits and Pots Tours

We’re excited to be partnering with Middleport Pottery to offer the “Pits and Pots” tour. This is a whole day experience that highlights coal’s importance in firing the pottery industry’s growth, from coal face to finished plate! For more information and booking details, head on over to Middleport Pottery’s Facebook or web page.



Image Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Middleport_Pottery_-_panoramio_(1).jpg

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New Books

Two of the more recent publications that we have on sale in our shop; “Pit Life” is a selection of articles recalling an ex-miners experiences of working underground. “Silverdale 1792-1914” is a history of the North Staffordshire mining village. As they say in the adverts -“While Stocks Last!”

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Museum Heating Project

We’ve recently completed one of our biggest self-funded projects; Heating in the museum along with Solar Panels. During the year and especially summer the Solar Panels will generate power to offset the cost of heating the museum on cold days. As well as making the museum more comfortable for visitors in cold weather it also improves the conditions for the collection.
As a self-funded project, all of the money came from sales and donations in the heritage centre, so everyone who has visited has contributed to the project in some way.
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Good Luck Mine and Caphouse Colliery

Our mining team have been on a couple of field trips to see other mines.  It’s always great to get out and experience what other organisations are doing.  A few weeks ago the folks at Goodluck Mine near Matlock were kind enough to let us visit them, which we all thoroughly enjoyed.  Goodluck is a lead mine run by volunteers and is available to visit by appointment, or on one of their open days. Parking is in a lay-by and after a climb up a footpath leading up a wooded hill side you get to the mine entrance.  The volunteers from Goodluck will be visiting Apedale soon, on a reciprocal visit.

we’ve also recently had a trip up to the National Coal Mining Museum for England, and as always we were made very welcome by the team up there, and got to see some of the less well travelled parts of the mine.

Goodluck Mine – http://www.goodluckmine.org.uk/

National Coal MIning Museum for England – https://www.ncm.org.uk 


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Woodsmith Mine Training at Apedale

This week we have hosted CFB Risk Management who have been training to support Sirius Minerals PLC in their Woodsmith Polyhalite Mine near Whitby. This is the largest mining project in Britain for a long time, production starts in 2021 and is expected to eventually peak at 20 million Tonnes per year.
The polyhalite, once processed is a valuable fertilizer and will be shipped all over the world to support food production. CFB will be with us for another two weeks and you can read more about the project on Sirius’ web page – https://siriusminerals.com/our-project/

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