Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum

Did you know that the Isle of Purbeck was at the heart of the Industrial Revolution? The Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum is located next to Norden Park and Ride Station and provides the history of the Purbeck ball clay industry, the workers and the narrow gauge railways that moved the clay. The Museum building is one of the last underground clay mines in Purbeck, and tells the story with films, displays, artefacts and activities. It has been created over the last ten years by volunteer members of the Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum Group (PMMMG), which is part of the Swanage Railway Trust.

The Museum seeks to collect and preserve objects of all types associated with the Purbeck clay and other local industries. We have a variety of ongoing projects to enhance the Museum and our displays, promote the enjoyment of our visitors and preserve remains of the clay industry around our site. This is all done by volunteers, and we always welcome people interested in helping us in all of these activities. We are currently working towards restoration of the adjacent Skew Arch Bridge, which once carried narrow gauge trains over the main Swanage Railway, enhancing our displays within the Museum, and documenting our collection. We would also welcome anyone who would like to welcome our visitors or give tours.

The Museum is situated next to Norden Station – the entrance is just off the platform. It is open April-May, and October at weekends and June-September, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 5pm (last entry at 4:30pm). The Museum is free to visit, but your donations are always much appreciated to help us continue to develop the Museum, collections and activities.

To find out more please visit our website at: www.purbeckminingmuseum.org

Museum address details:

Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum
Norden Park and Ride
Corfe Castle
BH20 5DW


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Tel: 01929 481461



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Watch a video about the contributions made by the volunteers on the railway. Click below to watch it on our YouTube site.



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