Steam Gala, at Barrow Hill, Derbyshire

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. Please click here to view our latest updates.

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....

Social Calendar of Events . . .

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

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


The Barrow Hill social evenings have temporarily moved to a new location...

Please note that our Social Evenings will continue to take place at Hollingwood Hub by the Chesterfield Canal until the Roundhouse re-opens in September.

The first Social Evening in our new cafe/meeting area will be in October when, most appropriately, the guest speaker will be Mr Barrow Hill himself, Mervyn Allcock.

The September Social Evening date has been moved to 14th September to accommodate the re-opening celebrations.


18th May

Roy Wilson - A Second Evening with Roy Wilson

Roy’s presentation will include art, notices and signs. There is sure to be something of interest for everybody.


15th June

Paul Chancellor - Colourail Live

Mr Colourail himself joins us to show a selection of images from the Colourail Transport Archive.


20th July

Andy Barclay - Peter Fox Collection, Part 4

Andy continues to present images from the collection of the late Peter Fox. We move from the nineties into the 21st century which sees the end of British Rail and into the privatisation era. Privatisation began in 1994 with the passing of the track and infrastructure to Railtrack and was completed by 1997. We see the end of the Inter City Sector and the BR image giving way to the new operators and liveries.


17th August

Mike Eggenton - East Coast: York to the North

Following Mike’s excellent presentation in 2015, which was billed as London to Scotland, there was so much material that only York was reached before boiler pressure was under the red line! Now with a full head of steam and the safety valves about to lift we are ready for the right away. Mainly BR steam but some diesel and electric traction too. How far north will we get? Come along and find out.


14th September

GB Productions - Steaming Through Britain

Graham Briggs and the team make a return to Barrow Hill to present another DVD show of preserved steam at work throughout Britain. A two part show with one part dedicated to steam on the main line, the other dedicated to steam on a wide selection of the country’s heritage railways.


19th October

Mervyn Allcock - Saving a Roundhouse

The story in pictures of the project to save Britain’s last operational roundhouse.


16th November

Les Nixon - Trains in the Snow

Wide ranging UK scenes from the mid-sixties to the present day along with a selection of foreign content too.


21st December

Christmas Social . . . Wait and see!

Once again a big thank you to Paul Beardsley for lining up yet another entertaining and educational series of presentations for us to enjoy – thank you Paul!