In 2019 the Beast from the East caused the domed roof of our iconic upcast room to fall in, which led to 18 months of surveys and renovations of our mine buildings and tunnels. This has left us with the need to completely redevelop our immersive underground mining experience which was not included in the works already funded. We have raised around 25% of the £85,000 needed for iron sculptures which will represent the miners and horses that once worked our mine.
We are working with renowned local blacksmith artist, Emma Stothard, as we want to support local creative talent, especially in these difficult Covid-19 times. We hope to raise through crowdfunding is £15,000 to pay for a miner and bench where people can sit outside the entrance to the underground tunnel and have their photo taken.
We have very little time to raise this money as we want the whole museum, including the mine experience, to open in autumn 2022. To give the blacksmith artist time to build the sculptures we need to raise the money by March 2022.
Completing this project will help make Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum a vibrant and entertaining place to preserve and commemorate our ironstone mining heritage and the people who worked this Land of Iron.
The Hon. Joanna Pease declared the museum officially open.
Yorkshire Day at the Land of Iron
See our new museum while still being built
We are delighted to announce the new name of our museum