5 out of 5

We’ve just been awarded a food hygiene rating of 5 by the food standards agency after we were inspected earlier this month. Well done to all of the cafe staff for really pulling out the stops to achieve this and keeping up our high standards.  We were given a 4 last time and since then we have gone above and beyond what was asked of us, with dozens of improvements including  new flooring, ceiling, lighting and equipment.


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New Surface Gallery

Our mining team have started erecting a training gallery that we got from Kellingley Colliery after it closed. Once it’s up and covered, it’ll be used as mining display on the surface which will be also be wheelchair accessible. Still a lot of work to do though.

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We’re a “Little Treasure”!

On Friday we were awarded the “Little Treasures of Britain” award at the 22nd Group Travel Awards, One of our trustees, Les, was on hand to receive this awards from the editorial team of Group Travel Organiser magazine at the awards ceremony at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, London.  the evening was attended by some of the big organisations in the travel and tourism industry such as Blenheim Palace, Disneyland Paris and P&O cruises.

The nomination came as a complete surprise to us, but apparently the editor visited us earlier this year and was impressed.  The award is a testament to the hard work put in by all of our volunteers, and can be be seen on display in the reception.


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2018 Certificate of Excellence

We’ve earned the 2018 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor! Thanks to everyone who left reviews. If you haven’t left one, please do – lets get working on 2019! Thanks also, to all the volunteers who have made peoples visits so enjoyable.

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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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