Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum, Wareham

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  • Called here whilst waiting for the steam train. Three adults and an 11 & 6yr old. Interesting little place telling the history of clay mining in the area. Donations are requested of a suggested minimu...  more »
  • If you're interested in local, general or industrial history then make time for this little gem.It's conveniently located between the Park & Ride for Norden station and the station itself, a 2 minute ...  more »
  • The museum is located next to Norden Station on the Swanage Railway. Our train arrived at 10.25 but when we went to enter the museum we were told, in a rather brusque manner' that it did not open unti...  more »
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  • Many people both visiting and living in Purbeck have not heard of Ball Clay. This Museum tells the story of the world's finest clay and also provides the chance to experience what it was like underground in a simulated tunnel. A visit at present lasts up to an hour, but with financial help, the museum has plans to treble in size. If you are in Purbeck it is a must to do. Opening hours are limited and are shown on the Museum's website.
  • Well worth a look if you're nearby. Free admission (donation of ~£1 is what they ask for and it's worth supporting) to this little museum. Warm welcome and introduction by volunteers then a short self guided walk to the top of the building with information boards along the way. When you get inside there is lots of information and you can see the workings of the clay mine. Nice and hands on with lots to learn about the local area. The walk down in to the 'mine' is the final part. Takes 30-45 minutes to do entirely so is worth stopping at it you're on the railway or using the car park.
  • Not the biggest museum but more to see than you might think. Run by very friendly volunteers.
  • very interesting - never knew it was there!
  • Free 😀 very interesting and lots to look at.

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