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Mine Exhibition Explodes in St Helen’s Church

The exciting new exhibition of ironstone mining and steel production in East Cleveland was launched Friday 2nd July at St Helen’s Parish Church Carlin How and Skinningrove. The exhibition, featuring the Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum’s explosive mining experience, was opened by the Bishop of Whitby, the Rt Revd Paul Ferguson and was attended by prominent figures from East Cleveland and the Diocese of York.

The exhibition includes displays featuring aspects of ironstone mining and steel production in East Cleveland, along with demonstrations of mining tools which you will have a rare opportunity to handle when Covid restrictions allow. However, the star of the exhibition is an 8m long tunnel where you can experience a mine ’explosion’ firsthand. Will you be the one chosen to trigger the explosion?

‘The exhibition is a wonderful opportunity to keep the iron and steel heritage of East Cleveland fresh in people’s minds whilst we build our amazing new museum, opening next year’ says Graham Banwell, Director of the mining museum. ‘We are very grateful to the Diocese of York and St Helen’s congregation for allowing us to use this historic church over the summer’.

‘We are genuinely delighted to offer a home to our local museum for their explosive summer exhibition’ said Father Adam Gaunt, Rector of Loftus, Carlin How and Skinningrove. Saint Helen’s Parish Church is a monument to the Iron and Steel Heritage of Teesside and an integral attraction in its own right. This opportunity also allows the to see, visit, and use the Church.’

The exhibition is based in the wheelchair accessible, St Helen’s parish church Carlin How and Skinningrove between July 7th and September 30th 2021. It is open from 11am to 3pm, Wednesday to Saturday, with our explosive pop-up museum tunnel, information about mining and our new museum, and the rare opportunity to handle ironstone mining tools. Information about the history of Saint Helen’s Church will also be available.

Are you interested in volunteering for the museum? We are now recruiting for guides at St Helen’s and in the new museum; also, education volunteers to assist with school groups and family events.

For further information contact Graham Banwell, visits@ironstonemuseum.co.uk or
01287 642877.

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