Purbeck Mineral & Mining Museum Children's Open Afternoon

23 September 2021
3:00 pm
5:30 pm

The Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum is dedicated to the history of Purbeck Ball Clay mining, the industrial heritage of Purbeck and the Purbeck narrow gauge railways.  This Planet Purbeck Festival Children's Open Afternoon (open from 3pm with last entry at 5.30pm) provides the opportunity for a self guided tour of the museum, as well as museum educators being on hand to answer questions, and a demonstration of narrow gauge clay trains!

This event is part of the Purbeck Heaths Week.

Please note Due to current Covid restrictions the full underground mine is not accessable, but you will be able to view the underground tunnel – A one way system is in operation throughout the museum and there is plenty of fresh air and open spaces.

We’re committed to making our Museum as accessible as we can for everyone. At present, access is not possible to some parts of the site for wheelchair users or pushchairs and buggies. We’ll always try to find a solution to ensure that this doesn’t impact on your enjoyment. The covered incline from the transhipment build to mine tunnel is not suitable for the less mobile. However, they may return via the tarmac path.  Dogs on a lead are welcome.

We’re next to the fabulous Swanage Railway, so why not make a day of it and enjoy a trip on a steam hauled train.

The Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum is an independent museum which exists to preserve and interpret everything to do with the Purbeck extractive industries, especially those associated with the Swanage Railway branch line. At the moment the focus is on the Purbeck ball clay industry. The PMMM is housed in one of the last underground mine buildings which worked in Purbeck. The collections include mining equipment, as well as images and artifacts of all aspects of associated social and economic history including narrow gauge railways. However the Museum is also interested in the history of shale and shale gas, Purbeck limestones, other clays, chalk, other aggregates and oil. The museum was officially opened by Antiques Roadshow’s Paul Atterbury and MP Richard Drax in 2014.

The Museum has been created almost entirely by volunteers. Working as part of the Swanage Railway Trust, we are part of a registered charity, and contribute to its charitable aims of preserving aspects of railway related heritage and providing educational opportunities. The Museum was created over 15 years ago, with funding help from Chalk and Cheese, and is run by volunteers. The PMMM Group runs the Museum through a volunteer management committee and report to the Museum & Education Delivery Group of the Swanage Railway Trust. The committee are advised by the Swanage Railway Museums Manager, with independent guidance from the Museums Adviser for Bournemouth, Dorset & Poole.

For more information, see our website.



No booking is required for this Festival Event.

Contact details

Organiser name:
Purbeck Mineral & Mining Museum c/o Peter Sills


Poor/Restricted access

Location & directions

Purbeck Mineral & Mining Museum, Purbeck Park, Norden, BH20 5DW.
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