Nottingham Industrial Museum

Nottingham Industrial Museum

Nottingham Industrial Museum
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Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Discover the people, companies and industries that made Nottingham famous around the world. Nottingham Industrial Museum has five galleries each relating to a key Nottinghamshire industry: textiles, transport, communication, mining and power. We have many wonderful artefacts and exhibits including a working Basford Beam engine and an original Thomas Humber Bicycle. And we are working to get more artefacts into working condition, so you can admire the local ingenuity and skills that went into Nottingham Lace and other exports. Through our collection, we encourage our visitors to investigate Nottinghamshire’s rich industrial heritage. We are entirely run by volunteers who are on hand to show you around and answer your questions. Adults £3 - Concessions and Students £2 - Kids go free - see website for discounted entry offers
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • CBH
    2 contributions
    Interesting
    Lovely place with a very welcoming atmosphere. The exhibition and the insight offered by volunteers allows curious visitors of all ages to take away a better understanding of industrial history. As a mechanical engineer, I particularly enjoyed that this isn't just "a shed full of random old stuff" but rather some extremely interesting pieces, well maintained and most of them functional, that don't just show the ingenuity of the inventors but are also relevant to the development of the area and the mechanized world as a whole. All volunteers were engaging with information around the exhibition that brings the machinery on display to life and allows contextualize it. Roger offered a "history of steam" tour wich I thoroughly enjoyed. I wish I had more time on the day to learn more. Thank you
    Visited January 2023
    Written January 23, 2023
  • Matic T
    1 contribution
    An educationonal experience and would love to come again and I just might
    We were incredibly fortunate to get Roger as our tour guide and he guided us through the different areas of the museum, he was very knowledgeable, very interesting and it was quite clear that his research was at a very high level. Would recommend to anyone who is interested in technology and industry. One of those museums that you have to visit more than once.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 2, 2023
  • Curiosity757172
    1 contribution
    Well worth a visit!
    Brilliant museum with a huge amount of Nottingham history on display - far more than you might guess looking from the outside! Huge thanks to Roger and the whole team of guides for taking the time to talk us through all the exhibits. A thoroughly enjoyable visit!
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 5, 2023
  • 51plus
    Northampton, United Kingdom136 contributions
    Well worth a visit
    Fascinating place to spend a few hours - added bonus when the steam engines are working. Transport exhibition with motorcycles, bicycles and a stagecoach. Carpentry workshop, and lace making machinery. But the best bit of all was the Victorian kitchen with Mrs Bird explaining how the mangle was a status symbol ! She also told us how young girls were used practically as slave labour making nails in the 1800’s, and how the whole family were exploited by the nail masters.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 26, 2023
  • Caroline S
    3 contributions
    An unexpected pleasure
    On a rather wet day, out for a walk we stumbled upon the museum. It was unexpectedly brilliant. The volunteers manning the museum were really welcoming and so knowledgeable. One of the volunteers offered to give us a tour, there is so much to see and his knowledge was encyclopaedic. The steam engines were a treat, just a shame it was not a weekend when they were running. The lace machines were fascinating as were the collection of motorcycles and bicycles. It is a real credit to the volunteers that a visit here is such a pleasure. The kitchen should not be missed, with a myriad of fascinating equipment.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 29, 2023
  • Joshua R
    1 contribution
    Friendly, Informative and Interesting, a Wonderful Visit
    I had a great time, there was so much to see and so many parts of Nottingham history that I was unaware of. Learning about the history of lace and how that has shaped Nottingham was so interesting. The consistency of information, particularly about the people was really good and a lot of it was laid out in a family friendly way. The interactive parts were great and the volunteers were all very knowledgeable and willing to share their knowledge. Learning about all of the industries that made Nottingham great was so interesting, from communications to clocks and transport. My personal favourite part was the steam hall. I had the opportunity to talk to people who were really passionate about the steam engines and even got a tour. I learned so much. It was a real joy to visit!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written May 20, 2023
  • Jurica P
    1 contribution
    Welcoming and immersive experience
    Interesting and well documented exhibits, marvelous volunteers which are a joy to talk and listen to. Would recommend to anyone even remotely interested in the history and advancement of industry-related technology. Lots of quirky gems to be found here.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 8, 2023
  • Elaine W
    1 contribution
    Excellent
    I thoroughly enjoyed the museum. I'd not been in many years and was pleasantly surprised at how much it has improved. I would recommend to anyone visiting to leave plenty of time. There's much more there than you 1st realise. What impressed me more than anything else, and what made the trip so excellent for us ( I went with a group of 3) was the knowledge , enthusiasm, and friendliness of the 3 different volunteers that we spoke to. I'm returning again soon , to see the beam engines on a 'steaming ' day!! I can't wait!
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 14, 2023
  • Mark R
    1 contribution
    Fascinating insight into Nottingham’s industrial heritage
    One of the most interesting places I’ve been to in a long time. The volunteers were so helpful and willing to share their knowledge. They all seemed very proud of the museum and rightly so. Particular thanks to the gentleman who demonstrated the lace making machines and spent a lot of time explaining how they worked and showing us samples of the lace produced. Also big thanks to Roger who gave us the brief history of steam. He was incredibly knowledgable and erudite. Volunteers like Roger are worth their weight in gold and hopefully the museum managers realise their value to the museum and recognise their hard work and efforts they put in to make the visitors experience all the more worthwhile. Thank you to all. Would highly recommend a visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 24, 2023
  • Dave
    Nottingham, United Kingdom48 contributions
    A hidden gem. We’ll worth visiting.
    Excellent hidden gem of a museum! We went to the park and found an industrial museum. Nowhere was this advertised. It’s run by volunteers and the entrance price is less than the car park. We were shown round by knowledgeable people and were given an insight into Nottinghamshire’s industrial past so much more than just lace. The Victorian kitchen with Mrs Bird was especially interesting. The engine hall also. What a shame Nottinghamshire Council does not do more to promote and support this venue. We’ll be back for a steaming day, the last Sunday of every month.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 26, 2023
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Anthony S
Nottingham, UK10 contributions
Nov 2019
Nottingham Industrial Museum is a nice day out. I was lucky enough to visit on a Sunday so I got to witness the steam engine in full effect. Came with my younger sibling and they enjoyed it too.
Written February 7, 2020
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Carolin W
Nottingham, UK14 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
Thoroughly enjoyed our visit, I cannot recommend the museum enough. £4 to get in per adult (kids free) and full of amazing local history, the volunteers were great and so helpful and full of passion. The kids did a quiz on the way round which was wonderful in keeping them engaged. It really is a hidden gem that is funded only by your entry fee and ran by volunteers. Please support and give it a visit.
Written April 17, 2022
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Written July 10, 2022
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Robert L
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Oct 2023 • Couples
Visited here on one of their steaming days (always the last Sunday of the month with a few extra dates - see their website) and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. The volunteers were very friendly and knowledgeable, happy to talk about the machines in their care. The beam engine was very graceful and barely made a sound - I must have stood watching it for at least 20 minutes.
Also very interesting was "Mrs Best's Victorian Kitchen" with a fascinating lady who delights in cooking recipes from years gone by. On the day of our visit she was offering Tea Loaf (which was very moist and tasty) together with the story of how tea came to be added to bread (it's to do with dodgy yeast).
As well as the steam engines there is quite a big display of the lace making process that mad Nottingham famous together with stories of some of the people who worked in the lace trade.
Honestly, if you like old machines and a bit of social history, this is well worth a visit.
Written October 30, 2023
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ge0rgiaday
County Durham, UK2 contributions
Apr 2022
We visited the industrial museum at the weekend and had a fantastic time! My partner and I had planned on visiting the museum first, then going to the house and seeing the exhibition there in the afternoon but we ended up spending all day in the museum! The exhibits are fantastic and so well maintained, theres a great variety in things to look at and engage with and the signs are very informative. the team members and volunteers are also incredible - we spoke with people in every part of the museum and they were all incredibly knowledgeable, friendly and approachable - and clearly experts in their fields. We had such a fantastic time and will definately return for another day out
Written April 6, 2022
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Matic T
1 contribution
Feb 2023 • Couples
We were incredibly fortunate to get Roger as our tour guide and he guided us through the different areas of the museum, he was very knowledgeable, very interesting and it was quite clear that his research was at a very high level. Would recommend to anyone who is interested in technology and industry. One of those museums that you have to visit more than once.
Written March 2, 2023
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Cecilia D
Oxford, UK12 contributions
Mar 2022
The highlight of my week trip to Nottingham. The first part of the museum was of general interest - transportation, lace making and early telecoms. Then out into the yard and I stepped back in time into a workshop where the volunteer demonstrated how woodworking tools were used and next into a kitchen with a huge range, cake to sample and an amazing volunteer who explained about cooking, washing, ironing and how spices were used. Finally into the steam room with a beam engine (it works but sadly not on the day we visited), a pair of ploughing engines, a Fordson tractor (like my Dad used to drive) and numerous other machines. The volunteer was so knowledgeable and explained everything. I left with a much deeper understanding of how industrialisation has shaped how we live our lives - for better and worse. Afterwards walked in the part, around the lake and saw the deer close up.
Written March 13, 2022
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XOrchard
London, UK90 contributions
Mar 2020
Contained interesting exhibits about lace making, clocks and communications, nail making and steam power. What really made it all come to life was the enthusiasm of the volunteers who were all only too happy to give more information about their specialist areas, which made it a fascinating visit. Nice cafe also.
Written March 22, 2020
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David P
Cambridge, UK26 contributions
Nov 2023
Arrived at 2:30pm on a Saturday afternoon. The entrance fee of £4 per adult, I felt was reasonable. It was interesting to see the various knitting machined used in the local lace industry, and especially interesting to see them in operation. The many information boards added crucial context to the exhibits, enriching the experience.

We had a tour of the room containing the clocks and various communicative items. The speaker was highly knowledgeable, although the tour only covered a handful of the exhibits.

Next we went to the steam hall and toured around the various engines. Again, we were on a tour with a volunteer. We were taken round the exhibits in an order consistent with the evolution of the steam engine. The only real issue was the timekeeping of the tour; it went on for so long that we reached the museum's closing time and were asked to leave before we had a chance to see everything.

However we will likely return within the foreseeable future to see the remainder of the exhibits we missed on this occasion. Hopefully on a steaming day!
Written November 19, 2023
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George I
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Oct 2022 • Family
Very nice experience at the Nottingham industrial museum. The work and enthusiasm of the volunteers at the museum are fantastic and bring to life this interesting side of history. Especially Roger from the steam engines part of the museum went over and beyond in explaining and going through the development of steam engines and their impact on the world
Written October 22, 2022
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Mimi C
1 contribution
Aug 2021
I went there for the textile gallery where lace and knitting machines are displayed. The experience was wonderful! The curators had been very helpful and patient, explaining how the machines work and gave me a lot of information of the lace and knitting industries back then. They even played different videos for me so I know more about how the machines operate! Worth visiting!
Written August 30, 2021
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