I've been to the industrial hamlet a few times now, and I really love it, primarily because there are remarkably few cordons or fences stopping visitors from touching and interacting with all the industrial remnants. It's wonderful to see how complex the systems in place were, and to wander around it at your own pace without being overloaded with information and signs. There are, however, some nice activities for children (and adults), and on weekends in the Summer, there are lots more activities run by people in period fancy dress.
The whole place is extremely photogenic, and I don't see how people can be down on it when it's a free museum, staffed by extremely helpful people, and with a lovely shop and cafe. Perhaps they can donate to get the (formerly operational) Victorian engine repaired so that they do get to see some of the wheels working - it will be excellent when it's back on form.
This is a great place to spend a couple of hours, and it's all the better for the lack of museumification.
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