The Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum was founded in 1983 by a group of volunteers acutely aware that the remains of the ironstone mining industry, which had once formed the basis of Cleveland’s growth & prosperity, was rapidly being lost, forgotten or destroyed. They set out to celebrate the heritage of that industry by the preservation, conservation and display of artefacts, photographs and documents relating to it.
Celebrating its 30th birthday in 2013, the museum has grown in size from very humble beginnings, and now offers an enjoyable, family friendly, and great value one hour and 30 minutes tour. This fully guided tour, manned by volunteers, will allow visitors to learn of the origins of ironstone and the mine, and of the miners who spent their whole lives there. The visitor will discover how the development of health and safety regulations led to the ingenious inventions that were built in order to get fresh oxygen down into 350 miles worth of track. From there visitors head back in time by venturing down the drift mine, listening to tales of a young 'trappy' lad on his first day at work and finally experience being at the pit face, digging for iron ore.
Visitors can also come to lectures on historical subjects linked to the local area and mining or take part in family activities such as t-shirt making, bird feeder making, trails and even a Santa Weekend in December. (for further information on special events- please see website for more details as some events incur a charge). With free parking, an independent café and play area nearby why not come and bring the family along.
The museum is located just off the Cleveland Way on route to Saltburn by the Sea and Staithes.