Nottingham Museums have collected machinery since 1878 when the Castle opened to the public. Before the 1960s' collecting was restricted mainly to lace machines and bicycles, reflecting the importance of those Industries to the city.
From 1964 a separate industrial collection was established, largely concentrating on the local textile, coal mining and light metal (bicycles, motorcycles etc.) trades. It was in 1966 that the stable yard at Wollaton Park became home to this collection – formally opening to the public in 1971.
Today the intention of our museum is that it celebrates the history of industry in Nottingham and the local area. As you walk round the galleries you will discover the names of the people and companies that made industrially Nottingham famous around the world.
This gallery is dominated by the two carriages dating back to the late 17th century. Although they have their heritage with the famous Baskerville family in the South West of England.
Featuring some of the earliest and important machinery of its type in the country, the majority of which was built in the Nottingham area. Much of the collection was acquired in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Includes a collections of telephones and other telecommunications material, donated by Plessey Co. (latterly Siemens) at Beeston. This has been built upon to create a strong collection of post-war material.
Our outside display is dominated by the large wooden Ginn Wheel. This horse ginn was removed from a local collery and had been used for bringing coal to the surface in mines with short pit shafts.
The Steam Gallery contains the impressive Basford Beam Engine. This is one of a pair of engines built in 1858 by R. W. Hawthorn in Newcastle upon Tyne. It was installed at Basford Pumping Station.