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Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum

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Address: Norden Park & Ride | Nr Corfe Castle, Wareham BH20 5DW, England
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A rebuilt Ball Clay Mine with exhibition of Artefacts. There is an...

A rebuilt Ball Clay Mine with exhibition of Artefacts. There is an opportunity to explore a reconstructed mine tunnel.

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We went to this museum after a day on the swanage railway. It is very well laid out. The videos are good and the atmosphere of the reconstructed mining tunnel.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 October 2016
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Framlingham, United Kingdom
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Framlingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

We went to this museum after a day on the swanage railway. It is very well laid out. The videos are good and the atmosphere of the reconstructed mining tunnel.

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Midhurst, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Just before you ride the Swanage Railway from Norden, visit this small museum and it will help put into perspective how the standard gauge line fitted in with the local tramways used for moving ball clay. The recreation of a mine working is something else. By the use of video the ball clay mining process is brought to lfe.

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

This was our first visit to the museum. The staff were friendly and helpful. Free to get in but do ask for a voluntary donation of a £1 per adult. Anyone travelling from Norton train station should definitely leave enough time to visit, (around 20 mins) our 5 year old loved the tunnel. Be aware it is on open a... More 

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Woking, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

We both found this museum really fascinating. Volunteers have done an amazing job of bringing to life a little known industry (clay mining) in Purbeck. No admission charge just a voluntary donation - don't be stingy its well worth a donation! Gives a really interesting history of clay mining - sounds boring but they have made it really fascinating. Dont... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

When you board the Purbeck steam train at the Norden Park and Ride station make sure you allow time to visit the Mining Exhibition. I thought 15 minuets would be plenty of time to go round the site. Oh no you need at least an hour to look at all the exhibition items, read the information boards, and watch the... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

We went on the railway and was hoping to go to this as well but didn't open till we were on the train to Swanage. Was assured that we could go when we got back later in the day. Unfortunately we arrived 5 mins after last admission to find a very unhelpful staff member shutting up. Saying we should have... More 

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

Run by enthusiastic volunteers. We were welcomed and given an introduction and then wandered round. Unfortunately we didn't have time to look at everything because we had to catch the train but would recommend

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

Definitely worth a visit for locals and holidaymakers alike. Amazingly, free! Go on - give a donation.

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

An interesting museum about a local industry but with national importance. Very good information boards explain the history. It is conveniently located adjacent to the Park and Ride for the Swanage Railway and Corfe Castle. The entrance doesn't do it justice. Perhaps that is why it is free - but well worth a donation.

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Market Lavington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

Unexpected delight by the Park and Ride car park at Norden. From the outside I wondered if it might be a rather poor explanation of the ball clay mining industry. Actually it was fantastic and very much enjoyed. My wife, who knew nothing of this industry was really fascinated by it. Top notch!

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