Category Archives: Museum

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 […]

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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 […]

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Our Visit to the Minnie Pit Event

At the Minnie Pit Memorial Event, last Sunday, we met quite a few people who were descendants of Minnie Pit miners. One gentleman brought this scout belt buckle with him, which belonged to Bernard Spode, a haulage worker. Bernard was just 14 when he died of terrible injuries in the disaster, and this item helped […]

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Minnie Pit Remembrance Event 2016

Next weekend the Minnie Pit Disaster Remembrance event will be held at the Methodist Chapel in Halmer End (ST7 8AD).   Saturday 9th January 2pm: The Audley and District Family History Society will be launching their new publication “Halmer End in the 1920s”   Sunday 10th January 11am to 3pm: Various groups, organisations and individuals […]

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Book to be launched at the Heritage Centre

A new index of ‘Mining Deaths in North Staffordshire 1756-1995’, compiled by Mark Casewell of the Audley and District Family History Society, will be launched at Apedale Heritage Centre, Loomer Rd, Chesterton, on Sunday 9th August at 1.30-2pm. The book contains about 4,400 entries of miners who were killed, plus about 250 who were injured. […]

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Minnie Pit Remembrance Weekend

This weekend there will be a series of events at Halmerend Methodist Chapel to remember the men who died in the Minnie Pit Disaster on 12th January 1918. We’ll be there ourselves on the Sunday 11th January with a display of Mining artefacts including items related to the Minnie Pit, along with all the other […]

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New Education Pack

Something for teachers – our brand new education pack has just arrived hot of the presses. It’s been updated for the latest revision of the national curriculum, has all of the up to date info on what we offer to schools, and is now a much more useful size. What’s more, it’s now available for […]

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Weekend events 9th and 10th August

Not one, but two events this weekend at Apedale! On Saturday and Sunday the Apedale Valley Light Railway are holding another Teddy Bear’s outing which means steam trains on both days and free rides for kids who bring their teddy’s with them, we’ll also be doing a teddy bear hunt activity in the museum. The […]

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Special Delivery

We’ve had the Hem Heath winding engine on site for quite a few years on loan from the Shropshire Mines Trust, and today we’ve finally been able to reunite the drum ith the engine. You can see images from the delivery here.

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Tunstall Park WW1 Event

On Sunday we had a stand at the First World War Centenary Event at Tunstall Park, with a “pop-up” museum. The Apedale Valley Light Railway were there too, on the stand right next to us which worked well. We had a brilliant day, although the wind was a bit of a challenge, our display boards […]

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