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Brickworks Museum is dedicated to championing the small handmade country brick industry that has thrived in the area for hundreds of years.
Founded in 1897 by the brickmaking Ashby family, Brickworks Museum is the only surviving steam-driven Brickworks in the UK.
The original working machinery is at the heart of the collection, including the brickmaking machine and small equipment such as barrows, shovels and wagons. There are also an array of photographs, documents, letters, maps and audio/visual tapes that follow the story of the industry as it developed over time, particularly through both World Wars.
A highlight at Brickworks is the steam machinery, including four majestic steam engines, that are powered up once a month in demonstrations for the visitors to enjoy.
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