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Workshops at the Roundhouse . . .

A one day overview of the skills and techniques required to maintain a varied industrial collection in a museum environment.

These skills will also be of interest to those involved with the restoration of other vintage and historical items large and small.

A practical introduction including talks, demonstrations and hands on training in the basics of this fascinating subject.

2018 – October 24th, November 7th / 21st, December 5th
2019 – January 9th / 23rd and February 6th

Cost: £95 (18+ only)

For booking and further details, contact:

Limited spaces on a first come first served basis

Workshops at Barrow Hill, Adult Learning Chesterfield Derbyshire

Social Calendar of Events . . .

Come along to one of our talks/presentations at the Roundhouse.

Our popular Social Evenings have returned to the Roundhouse.

Our thanks go to the Chesterfield Canal Trust for allowing us to use their facilities at Hollingwood Hub during the HLF refurbishment work.

All presentations are held in the Roundhouse lecture theatre commencing at 19.30 and finishing between 21.45 and 22.00. Doors open at 19.00.
Presentations are held on the 3rd Thursday of every month.
Hot and cold drinks are available from the buffet before 19.30 and during the interval.
Admission is normally £2.00 for members and £3.00 for non-members.
Free parking on site.

Everyone welcome.

2019 Social Evenings...
17th January 2019

Dave Darwin - My Time on Steam 1955-1967

Another suitably illustrated evening of tales and reminiscences from Dave's long journey on the railway.

21st February 2019

Steve Armitage - The Great Railway Time Machine Presents: The Glory of York

A digital presentation of images from Victorian times to the end of BR steam, featuring some of the finest digitally restored b/w and colour images available and including over 100 classes of locomotives. Steve is an archive restorer for organisations such as the A1 and P2 Locomotive Trusts and also well-known photographers such as Gavin Morrison and Peter Townend to name but two. Equally talented but lesser known individuals such as Les Hanson, Arthur Haymes, Cecil Blay, Arthur Hall and many, many more have contributed.

21st March 2019

Rhys Jones - When I Shout Diesel Get Ready to Run For It

A photographic journey from Waterloo to Penzance by steam covering both Southern and Western routes.


18th April 2019

Ted Hancock- The Railway Photographs of Ken Boulter

Ken Boulter was an optician who lived at Crosspool in Sheffield. He was a prolific photographer of the railway scene around Sheffield and further afield in the steam era between 1937 and 1961.

9th May 2019 **Note: second Thursday**

Geoff Griffiths - Geoff Griffiths... My Life on the Railway

A selection of pictures from the late 1970s through to present day operations and will contain some of the pictures taken whilst working on the railway between 1975 and 2010.

20th June 2019

Peter Skelton, our original presenter for the June meeting, is unable to be with us, but hopes to give his presentation in the future. We are now pleased to welcome...

Ted Parker  Distant Trails & Supporting Programme

Sit back and enjoy Ted's films of steam in the landscape and the stories behind them, including a memorable sequence filmed from a helicopter showing Tornado with wonderful exhaust trail sweeping its train along the scenic Cumbrian Coast against a backdrop of the Lakeland hills.  The supporting programme will include images from Ted's early days of photography when he lived in Sheffield. Ted is no stranger to Barrow Hill and was joint author, along with Ken Horan, of the 'On Parallel Lines' photographic books.

18th July 2019

Andy Barclay - Peter Fox Collection - Part 6

Andy returns to show more images from the late Peter Fox Collection. A general mix of images from the sixties onwards.

15th August 2019

Eric Moy - Mick Fowler's Railway Travels

The late Mick Fowler was a well-known photographer from Doncaster who travelled far and wide in pursuit of his transport interests. His collection is now in the hands of Eric Moy who has made available a selection of images from the late 50s and 60s.

19th September 2019

GB Productions - Steaming Through Britain 30th Anniversary Programme

Graham Briggs and the team make another welcome return to Barrow Hill to present a DVD show of preserved steam at work throughout Britain, both on the main line and at many of the country's heritage railways.

17th October 2019

Phil Lockwood & Enid Vincent - Diverted! Wakefield to Leeds via Huddersfield, Barnsley and Castleford

Mainly freight between 1975 and 2017. Includes Bombardier and Marcroft, Healey Mills Yard, Dewsbury Cement and Stone Terminals, Heaton Lodge Junction before remodelling, loco hauled Trans Pennine services, the area south of Leeds and semaphores at Goose Hill Junction and Castleford.

21st November 2019

Les Nixon - Railways of Scotland

An extensive tour of Scotland visiting many parts of the country with images from the 70s, 80s and 90s.

19th December 2019

Christmas Social

Wait and see!


Entry by donation.
Charges apply on special event days.
Cafe available for food and refreshments.
Please visit our shop selling railway memorabilia and souvenirs.

Our opening hours are Saturdays and Sundays 10.00am-4.00pm. Closed Monday to Friday, including Bank Holidays.

There is a diversion in place due to a road closure at Junction 29a of the M1; this will add approximately 10 minutes to your journey time if you use this route to reach the Roundhouse. This diversion will be in place until 31st March 2015.