The Museum is now closed until the Spring
(The Museum is shut on Sundays throughout the winter and not
open as stated in the Swanage Railway News -
Winter Sundays are Volunteer working days - please bring appropriate
clothing) For an online information leaflet
Come and get the
"underground feeling". Experience what is
was like to spend your working days underground.
Purbeck Miners explain how tough is was working underground via a series
of video films shot in the 1960's through to the 1990's
Enjoy browsing our extensive
display of artifacts and mining equipment in its natural setting of an
old mine building.
Read what "Heritage Railway Magazine"
thinks of the Museum click
here and read the last 3 paragraphs.
See what others think of the new museum. click
Although the Museum
there is still at least another £300,000 required for a controlled
atmosphere building for Secundus and other valuable and unique
artifacts, together with study room and compressor house/workshop so Please If you think this project is a great
one then HELP US to RECEIVE FUNDS for the project at NO cost
to you Sign up to easyfundraising.org.uk
and support the Purbeck Mineral & Mining Museum
Purbeck is rich in Minerals
and they have been supplied across the world. They have changed the way
we live. The Museum has been built to tell that story. Ball clay has
been regarded for many years as a mineral of national importance because
of its special qualities and rare occurrence. The Museum is a recreation
of a typical mine from the late 1980s/early 1990s. From Corfe to Wareham, the extraction Ball
Clay has been been the main employment since the mid 18th Century. The
Museum records the living conditions of the workers, and the
families of the Clay Merchants. The Museum records that 3 narrow
gauge clay lines were in Purbeck before the Swanage Railway branch was
built. The Museum has a narrow gauge railway that has been relayed along the old formations at Norden
that were there before the building of the Swanage Railway Branch in
The visitor can read about, see and hear the Mining activities now relegated
to the history books.