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Barrow Hill Roundhouse family dig sessions

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The Barrow Hill Roundhouse, built in 1870, is the last surviving operational roundhouse engine shed in the UK and a unique example of 19th century railway architecture. In the summers of 2018 and 2019 Trent & Peak Archaeology and the Barrow Hill Engine Shed Society will be excavating two trenches over a row of 19 cottages built in the 1840s. Known as West Railway Terrace, this was the last row of cottages to be built for their workers by the Barrow brothers, owners of the Staveley Coal and Iron Company. 

These special family days enabled children aged 8-16 and their adults to have a go at the hands-on activities taking place on site as part of the excavation.

Places in these hourly slots are free, but must be booked in advance. There must be at least one adult for every two children attending.

Adults and young people aged over 16 can also join the main dig taking place from 23 July to 5 August.

For more information, and to book, see