New £1m centre opens at Tramway Village

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The grand opening of a new £1m discovery centre at Crich Tramway Village takes place this week.

Visitors will have the exclusive chance to see the official opening of the centre’s £1m Heritage Lottery funded George Stephenson Workshop Discovery and Learning Centre on Tuesday, July 26.

During a fun-packed celebration day for all the family, the new Discovery Centre will be officially opened by Councillor Andrew Lewer, leader of Derbyshire County Council.

Glynn Wilton, museum curator and head of the project said: “The new George Stephenson Workshop Discovery and Learning Centre has not only preserved a unique, historically important building but has also created a visitor hub and exhibition space and provided a valuable new learning facility.”

Built in 1841, the two-storey building stands in the heart of the museum site. It was originally used as a smithy and wagon works for Stephenson’s metre gauge mineral railway to transport limestone, from what was then Crich Cliff Quarry, to kilns at Ambergate.

Entertainment will be provided throughout the day and visitors will have the chance to explore the new centre for themselves.