Steam locomotives on display at Barrow Hill Roundhouse museum and operational Engine Shed

The Moving Forward Project will include:

Become a Roundhouse Supporter . . .

Please help us to make the “Moving Forward” Project a reality by becoming a Roundhouse Supporter

Three levels of support are available:

In return for your support you will receive:

If you would like to become a Roundhouse Supporter . . .

please click here to download the Roundhouse Supporter Donation and Standing Order Form. Please complete both forms, including the Gift Aid declaration if you are a UK tak payer, sign them and return them to the address given on the forms.

If you wish to make a one-off donation to the "Moving Forward" project . . .

please click here to download the one-off payment form. Please complete this, including the Gift Aid declaration if you are a UK tax payer and return it with your donation to the address given on the form.

For more information please email

Please join us on the exciting journey that is the next chapter in the history of Barrow Hill Roundhouse.  Thank you.

And that’s not all . . .

Have you heard of EasyFundraising or EasySearch?

Please could I encourage you to take a look at the EasyFundraising website click here, and the Easysearch website click here. It is very simple to register and COSTS NOTHING.

Simply nominate Barrow Hill Engine Shed Society as your charity and every time you shop online or search online you will be raising money for the Roundhouse.

If you need any more information on any of these fundraising initiatives or perhaps have a fundraising idea that we could use, please email me at or contact me via the Roundhouse office.

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national lottery grant boost for Barrow Hill Roundhouse, DerbyshireHLF East Midlands
News Release

Thursday 18 March 2016

National Lottery grant boost for last surviving engine roundhouse

Britain’s only surviving operational railway roundhouse is set for a major revamp after the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) confirmed funding of £1,170,600.

Click here to read the full press release...

It's Intermission Time at Barrow Hill as our exciting building and renovation project funded by the Heritage Lottery fund takes place

The Roundhouse is currently closed to the general public as our exciting building and renovation project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, takes place.

We will be posting lots of updates here and on our Facebook and Twitter feeds so please don't go away too far.

There are some VERY exciting plans to celebrate our reopening in Autumn 2017. Plus there will be an opportunity for a sneak preview in May when the site reopens temporarily for Rail Ale 2017.

Thank you and see you soon....

Past ...

Barrow Hill is a unique 19th Century Grade II Listed Building and the only surviving operational railway Roundhouse in Britain.

Completed in 1870, the Roundhouse was used for over 100 years to maintain and repair steam and diesel locomotives for the Midland Railway, Staveley Iron Company and the North Derbyshire Coalfields.
As use of the Roundhouse declined in the 1970s and 1980s the building fell into disrepair and was scheduled for demolition in 1991.

A last minute campaign to save the Roundhouse and reopen it as a heritage railway centre succeeded in overturning the proposed demolition. Years of hard work secured funding to restore the building which opened to the public in 1998.

A great family day out for adults and kids at Barrow Hill Roundhouse railway museum, Chesterfield Derbyshire

Present ...

The Roundhouse is open to the public most weekends and runs a popular programme of events every year including steam and diesel galas, model railway shows, family days and beer festivals, classic car rallies and music events.

Events in recent years have included the ‘Fab Four Steam Gala’, an unprecedented gathering of famous steam locomotives including Tornado, Blue Peter, Mallard, Bittern and Green Arrow, when 8,000 people visited the site over three days. In February 2014 6,200 people visited the Roundhouse for ‘East Coast Giants’, an event featuring the A4 locomotives Dominion of Canada and Dwight D Eisenhower before they returned to their homes in Canada and the United States respectively.

In September 2014, the Roundhouse hosted its first ever dedicated music event - a sell-out gig by Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. This project will pave the way for hosting even bigger events in the future.

Barrow Hill and the Heritage Lottery project

Future ...

It is important that we involve Barrow Hill’s members, supporters and volunteers as well as local people and visitors in the development of the project.

Whilst we will be introducing new interpretation into the Roundhouse, we will retain the unique atmosphere that makes the site so special.

The Moving Forward Project will cost £1.5 million. The Heritage Lottery Fund has already awarded us £96,400 funding towards developing a full grant application during 2015. So we are now a step closer to the next phase in the life of the Roundhouse. But we need your help to raise £65,000 to make that step a reality.

The future of Barrow Hill is to use the Roundhouse as a venue for many events and concerts such as Jools Holland