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“great piece of history” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Nottingham Industrial Museum

Nottingham Industrial Museum
Wollaton Hall, Nottingham NG8 2AE, England
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Ranked #29 of 236 things to do in Nottingham
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“great piece of history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

Very informative and well cared for. I love finding out about what life was like in the past, these places need preserving for future generations to enjoy. A good and inexpensive family day out.

Visited July 2012
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“Delving into Nottingham's industrial past”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

This museum gives a flavour of the powerhouse that Nottingham once was in the industrial landscape of England. Small but with items and information of huge interest, particularly to locals who might want to know more about their heritage.

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“Superb display of the city's industrial heritage”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

The museum contains a fascinating collection of machinery relating to Nottingham's lace-making, telecomms, pharmaceutical, road vehicle and other industries. The lace-making equipment includes a number of fascinating early punched-card automated Jacquard looms. One of the most spectacular exhibits must be the steam-powered beam engine formerly used for pumping water. The road vehicles include two 17th-century coaches among the bicycles, motorcycles and cars. Minor exhibits include an early reel-to-reel domestic video recorder and a replica of the Titanic's morse code communication transmitter. The museum deserves to be better-known - its exhibits and the friendly and knowledgeable volunteer staff make well worth the very modest entrance fee.

Visited September 2012
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“Nottingham Industrial Museum”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

This is very interesting especially for local folk who have grown up here and worked in the many places mentioned in the exhibition. It is quite something to see the extremely large machinery at work on steaming days.

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“A small museum packed with awesome”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

Hidden away in the courtyard of the Wollaton Hall / Park is Nottingham Industrial Museum. Unlike the house and grounds it charges admission although it is pretty cheap to get in. Last Sunday of the month is more expensive because they have the steam engines all running.

The museum sort-of tells the story of Industrial Nottingham, there are exhibits from factories and mills and examples of the kind of goods made in Nottingham (Brough motorbikes and car, Raleigh bikes, lace, that sort of thing). There are some preserved machines from the old textiles factories and some Audio/Video exhibits too. Its quite quaint and old tech. My 5 year old daughter's favourite part was the working vintage telephone exchange you can play on. She'd never used a phone where you DIAL the numbers!

There is an impressive beam engine, traction engines and all kinds of old memorabilia.

Its a great place and well worth a visit if industrial heritage or history is of even a passing interest.

Visited July 2012
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