Industrial Heritage

Explore the vast industrial heritage of the UK with reviews, news, event listings, website links and much more from hundreds of museums, collections and heritage sites.

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Major community archaeology project explores the industrial heritage of Portobello Edinburgh

Dig Portobello, an ambitious weekend of archaeological excavations and activities led by volunteers, will explore the industrial heritage of the Edinburgh seaside suburb.

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Wardown Park Museum Makers smash Guinness World Record for Straw Boater Wearing

Wardown Park Museum in Luton is now the proud holder of the Guinness World Record for the Largest Gathering of People Wearing Boater Hats. Read on to find out why.

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Luton Wardown Park Museum attempts Guinness World Record for wearing straw boaters

Not content with introducing Pharrell Williams to the joys of a straw boater, Wardown Park Museum is celebrating Luton's hat making tradition by attempting a Guinness World Record for mass straw boater wearing.

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Happy birthday Discovery Museum: Pictures from Newcastle's home of history past

Who knew that Tyneside's most popular history venue used to have a different name and live in a former bacon warehouse? The Discovery Museum celebrates 80 years.

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Open for Business: Magnum photographers tell the story of British manufacturing and industry

The Magnum Photos agency project to document contemporary British manufacturing is showing at Manchester’s Museum of Science & Industry.

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England, Russia, Germany and Greece provide stars in World Cups Twitter special

Ahead of the opening of the World Cup, see four ancient exhibits from museum collections as part of a Twitter campaign to find rivals to the famous Jules Rimet Trophy.

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New Postal Museum and historic underground Mail Rail to open in London in 2016

The British Postal Museum and Archive is to expand into a new national museum in London and open part of the underground Mail Rail system with Heritage Lottery funding.

Kelham Island goes back to Edwardian era for evocative Museums at Night in Sheffield

In a Kelham Island Museum special, soldiers of the Sheffield City Battalion explained, among other things, why steel workers once drank 32 pints of beer during a shift.

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Curator's Choice: Rotten eggs and hard labour at the last town gasworks in England

Ovens, tar and the smell of rotten eggs are all part of the ancient ovens at the Museum of Gas in Norfolk, which will enjoy a special opening for Museums at Night.

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Only surviving town gasworks in England and Wales to open for Museums at Night

The Gas Museum in the Norfolk town of Fakenham will light a lamp for the public this May. Chairman Mike Bridges tells us about pubs, cookers and the holes in every field.

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Crapper to Modern Toss: Toilets by Twilight charts cistern history for Museums at Night

Pink toilet rolls, the Thomas Crapper seat, Carry on at your Convenience and "books about poo" all feature in a hot flush of a Museums at Night event in the Potteries.

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Classic motor history pictures to be revealed as Transport Museum begins overhaul

More than 200,000 photos from an archive once owned by an industrial powerhouse are to be catalogued in Coventry, where the Transport Museum's redevelopment has begun.

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Specs show stars Michael Caine and Audrey Hepburn at the National Glass Centre

Charting the rise of fashionable spectacles during the 20th century, an exhibition on the history of Oliver Goldsmith Sunglasses takes a closer look at some big names.

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Mining history as Miners' Hymns announces Durham performances and Barbican premiere

An 18-piece brass ensemble and American filmmaker Bill Morrison's take on the mining past of Durham return to live settings for three shows in March 2014.

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Model of Planet locomotive of Liverpool and Manchester Railway arrives at 21

Started by volunteers in 1986, a model of the Planet locomotive which was the first to whizz along the railway is being celebrated at the Museum of Science and Industry.

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