Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum is an independent museum celebrating the heritage of the ironstone mining industry. In the 1950s, whist reporting on the ironstone mine closures, Tom Leonard, a local newspaper reporter, became acutely aware remains of the ironstone mining industry were rapidly being lost. He collected all the memorabilia he could. In 1978, the Museum was founded to house Tom’s collection and to celebrate the legacy of the industry through the preservation, conservation and display of related artefacts, photographs and documents.
What We Do
Museum Mission Statement
Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum aims to preserve and promote the rich ironstone heritage of East Cleveland through the Ironstone Mining Museum, creating an enjoyable and educational experience for everyone
- To preserve, conserve and display artefacts, photographs and documents pertaining to the development of the industry and the way of life of the ironstone miners.
- To provide an interpretive educational experience.
- To collect relevant social memorabilia.
- To promote tourism and the regeneration of Skinningrove Valley.
Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum is an independent charitable museum governed by a board of trustees. The members of the board are drawn from a wide range of skills and backgrounds and meet at regular intervals to oversee the general management and control of the museum
Museum Annual Reports
The Annual Report looks back on the Museum’s performance over the previous year through departmental accounts, structure, management, funding, assets and visitor figures. The report also acknowledges the contributions of individuals and groups towards the museum’s success
About the Website
The website was designed and coded by Andrew Grant, with thanks to Sam Janes and Martijn de Ridder.