Millom Heritage and Arts Centre

Millom Heritage and Arts Centre

Millom Heritage and Arts Centre
4.5
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
About
Millom Heritage & Arts Centre, formerly known as the Millom Discovery Centre, is located in Millom, Cumbria, England. The museum has a full-scale drift mine exhibit and also houses information about the local poet Norman Nicholson, the Hodbarrow iron ore mines and social history all relating to Millom and nearby surrounding areas. The mining being responsible for the rapid growth of the village of Holborn Hill into the town of Millom by more than doubling the size of the settlement. Now has a RAF display, set up by the original founder of Haverigg RAF Museum, John Nixon.
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johnhouston2
Knaresborough, UK5,119 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
I’m not suggesting that Millom doesn’t have much to offer, but the best bits are probably at the station. Having had a fabulous lunch at the Trackside Cafe we popped into the Heritage Centre while waiting for our train.

Various old station rooms have been adapted as display areas outlining the history and industry of the area and they are all very well done. There is also a little shop with a good selection of gifts (including some rather good fudge!).

The staff are welcoming and it is clear that they have a passion for the work they are doing.
Well worth a visit.
Written 9 March 2023
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John W
Stafford, UK387 contributions
Oct 2021
What a great way to show the historical aspect of the area. All of the exhibition pieces are typical and untouched to show the industries and life pertaining to Barrow and surroundings.
Written 30 October 2021
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Worldwidetravel1973
56 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
Although the weather was atrocious, the aftermath of Storm Dennis, we really enjoyed our visit to the Discovery Centre. My father grew up in the town before moving down to Kent in the 60’s. Staying in Carlisle on a short break it was a good opportunity to take my 10 year old son to see where his grandad spent his formative years and also to give him an insight into five generations of family history in Millom and the surrounding area. The displays were fantastic and interactive, I especially enjoyed the explanation of what it was like to be a miner in Hodbarrow and the conditions that they had to endure, my great great grandfather was killed whilst working in Hodbarrow mine. I haven’t visited Millom for thirteen years and won’t do again (the distance involved etc) and no immediate family but this made the trip so worthwhile, there was even a reference to my great uncle who was killed in action during World War I. A real insight into the history of this town and I hope they keep it going, we also bought a rock from Hodbarrow Mine which I will place with all my family history information . The staff were very friendly and helpful
Written 18 February 2020
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spde83
Birkenhead, UK103 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
We found this little place while waiting for a train and had some time to kill and we went back the next day to have a proper look. There is loads of local history and loads of interaction for kids too. The models in both the raf and railway sections are absolutely fantastic. Well worth a visit
Written 8 August 2019
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Roderick H
Derby, UK21 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
The museum is in the train station,we came across it by accident when going to book a train to Carlisle,we were on holiday in the next village,the day we went to look around the museum there were two lovely ladies there to explain a little bit about it,it is well layed out,it tells the story of millom,it's free to go in and they rely on donations to keep it going,it was very interesting and worth a visit if you are somewhere near Millom,well done ladies.it takes you back in time.
Written 13 April 2019
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Aathony
Kirkby Lonsdale, UK202 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
Visited the museum recently after walking around Hodbarrow RSPB reserve. Its located at the railway station. Free entrance though donations gratefully accepted. It includes a number of displays ranging from a social history of the town and area, industrial legacy of the mines and ironworks, a tribute to local people who fought in recent conflicts, a comprehensive history of RAF Millom, an impressive railway display, etc
The displays have been lovingly put together that is obvious.
Friendly staff and a gift shop too. There is a cafe next door.
Really enjoyed looking around and learning about real local people and their lives.
They also sell train tickets !
Written 28 March 2019
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Jason M
2 contributions
Oct 2018 • Family
A fantastic day out travelling by train along the Cumbrian Coast line soaking up the amazing scenery along the way and enjoying an informative and fun couple of hours at the Discovery Centre. The exhibition model railway is impressive and my two teenage sons thoroughly enjoyed the whole Rail Room experience. A nostalgic walk along "The Street" stirred lots of memories and we all learnt a lot about the local cultures, heritage and importance of rail to the community. The café was bustling with lots of menu options including veggie and very reasonably priced. Totally recommend a visit for families of all ages!
Written 15 October 2018
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Jeni S
Kirkby in Furness, UK16 contributions
Sep 2018
For anyone interested in finding out about the local history of Millom and the surrounding area, with a focus on 19th and 20th centuries, this is a fascinating place, packed into a small set of buildings on the railway platform in Millom. It covers iron ore mining and related shipping industries, railways, how people lived, WWI and RAF in WWII, and more besides, with lots of interesting exhibits. We visited this on a Sunday morning, when most other places were closed (but check hours before visiting as it closes early). I don't know if the model railway normally runs trains as it didn't when we were there; and be aware the café next door on the station was also closed on Sunday.
Written 26 September 2018
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Elaine766
Shrewsbury, UK66 contributions
Aug 2018
If you like to understand the history of an area - this is definately the place for Milliom life lots of historical facts, photos, stories both audio and written. Props of the decades adorn the place would be great for a local with dementure to visit. Loved the photos of all the old public houses and the interesting information in general. Scarey facts of getting stuck in the mud but I guess you should go see for yourself.
Written 29 August 2018
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Claire B
Bowness on Solway, UK15 contributions
Jul 2018 • Solo
I have visited the Millom Discovery Centre on an number of occasions and always want to make another visit. It's situation on Millom Railway station is quite unique. Step off the train and you step into the Discovery Centre! There is a super little cafe, cosy and friendly with great staff. As well as the nostalgic and informative museum, there is also the Rail Room which houses the most amazing model railway. I thought model railways were a bit dull but this one has won me over. A great gift shop too with interesting items. It really is worth a visit, especially for the family.
Written 27 July 2018
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Millom Heritage and Arts Centre is open:
  • Sun - Sun 10:30 - 13:30
  • Mon - Sat 10:30 - 15:30