The Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum (PMMM) has won the national Heritage Railway Association (HRA) railway interpretation award for 2013. This award is sponsored by Heritage Railway magazine (Mortons Media). Please see below the citation from the HRA:
The Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum for the operation and return to steam of a section of the former extensive narrow gauge mineral tramway network on the Isle of Purbeck, and for the creation of a unique museum devoted to the history and technology of Ball Clay mining complete with underground mine tunnel and associated rail tracks and rolling stock, The Isle of Purbeck in South Dorset is well known for the richness of its geology and associated mineral industries, the Mining Museum near Corfe Castle is in sight of the very rocks that form part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site. The museum is not only a valuable education resource in its own right but a quality visitor attraction adjacent to Norden Park & Ride station which interfaces with the Swanage Railway, a branch over which the extracted clay was shipped out to all parts of the world. The Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum is part of Swanage Railway Trust.
The Swanage Railway Company Chairman and PMMM Group Chairman Peter Sills said: “This is a GREAT TEAM achievement, not only for PMMMG but also Swanage Railway, a BIG, BIG thank you to everyone involved, both past and present, a true reflection of the effort that has been put in over the last 11 years.”
The Awards will be presented at the HRA AGM in Bath on the evening of 8th February 2014.
23rd December 2013