A few pictures from “Morgans@Apedale” last weekend, when we were visited by High Peak Centre of the Morgan Sports Car Club.

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Belong Heritage Gallery

The Belong Heritage Gallery opened this week in Grade II listed building that was formerly the Maxims night club. We’ve made a small contribution by loaning some artefacts from our collection. The Gallery is part of the new Belong Village a mix of 24 hour care and independent living apartments specialising in dementia care run by a not-for-profit organisation.

Along with a Bistro and other facilities the gallery forms part of the village Centre which is open to the public as well as to the residents. http://www.belongheritagegallery.org.uk/

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The Apedale Hall Window

We now have a very unique piece of local history on display in the museum – A stained glass window from Apedale Hall!  This was one of a set of four each with a different heraldic shield in it.  The opportunity to acquire this came up late last year when it was put up for auction locally, and we couldn’t pass it by.  It’s taken a few months to get it on display, due to Santa visiting and then building the display for it.

In 1840 Richard Edensor Heathcote extended Apedale hall, built 1826, with a new banqueting hall and commissioned a set of stained-glass windows.  This window bears the Heathcote-Sandford arms in honour of his eldest son’s marriage.  The left hand side, representing John Edensor Heathcote, is comprised of the Heathcote, Edensor and Gresley family arms.

This device was used as the Longton Coat of Arms, as the family had strong links to the town.  Richard father, Sir John Edensor Heathcote, who married Anne Gresley, was at one time the High Sheriff of Staffordshire and also owned Longton Hall.

Another of the Windows is in the Richard Heathcote School in Alsagers Bank, which shows the Edensor-Heathcote Arms.  We don’t know where the other two windows are, if anyone does, we’d be interested to know.

For more information on Richard Edensor Heathcote see – The Turbulent Squire of Apedale.



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In the top 10!

We have just noticed that we have snuck into the top 10 things to do in Staffordshire on TripAdvisor! That puts us in the company of some of the big tourist attractions in the area. Only another thirteen and a half thousand reviews needed to have a chance of knocking Alton Towers of the #1 spot!
A big thank you to everyone who’s taken the time to review us on either TripAdvisor, Facebook, Google or anywhere else.
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February Half Term

Next week is half-term, it soon comes around.  Our mining team will be running mine tours on Tuesday 20th, Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd, just the thing if you are looking for a day out.

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Merry Christmas

We’d like to wish all of our customers, volunteers, members and friends a very Merry Christmas. We’re closing for a couple of days by will be open again on the 27th.
Its been a successful year for us with many school visits, a mining gala and the introduction of our new extended tours. The Extended tours have proved popular and we’ve had great feedback on them (there’s still space on the 6th Jan by the way!)

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Santa Train News

Santa Trains are running as scheduled today. Please drive carefully.

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Power off 6th Dec

Our power will be off on Wednesday 6th December due to maintenance by the power company.  We will be open but while the power is off there will obviously be no hot food or hot drinks.  We also wont be able to open the museum without lighting.

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New Ironworks display

We have a brand new display all about the Apedale Iron Works, courtesy of Tomas Starkey and Bobby Tasker of Madley High School. It was done as part of their Bronze level Duke of Edinburgh award and we think that they’ve done a fantastic job. The display has been very well researched and presented, covering the history of iron working in Apedale, the process and how it fits in to the big picture. We all hope that you enjoy the latest addition to the museum.

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Summer Mine Tours

Apedale Heritage Centre Mine Tours

Through August we are offering mine tours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The museum will be open too, and the café is open everyday.

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