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150 years ago, the now quiet North Yorkshire landscape was the industrial powerhouse of the British Empire, producing over a third of the world's iron and steel. Land of Iron celebrates and preserves this history for future generations to explore.

Browse our virtual collection of objects, books and maps, with new objects being added regularly, and uncover your family history with our personalised service.

Enter the map and explore the villages which grew up around the mines and steel plants. Many were 'model villages' built by the business owners to house the growing number of miners and steelworkers.

See how life has changed in the Land of Iron over the last 100 years with our fascinating timesliders and visit some of the existing mine remains with 3D models of the sites.