My first visit to Engine Museum today. I have heard about it and then picked up leaflet from my library. Not easy to find even with the Brown Signs. My SatNav took me from the Buxton Road side along very narrow lanes. Entrance to the museum is also on a country lane so you have to watch for the sign there.
The outside looks a bit abandoned and scruffy. Car Park is rough and various bits of metal / old vehicles around edge. This is a pity because on entry to the reception area it becomes very tidy and looked after. The whole exhibition area is well laid out and information well presented. (Though some details could be added to in parts. Staff around to answer any and all questions). Nice plan of taking the whole history from basic Steam to Diesel to Petrol and the uses of the engines in many and various occupations.
An interesting cafe area with Cinema. Priced very reasonable and very pleasant staff in charge of it. Plenty of things to buy.
Well worth visiting more than just once, and a good events calendar through the opening year. Need to see the leaflet to decide on dates, if time is restricted or if particular interest is to be meet.
I will certainly be returning on a regular occurrence and even becoming a Friends of the Museum person.
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