Welcome to Crich Tramway Village News, where you'll find all the latest news and information from the National Tramway Museum.

Friday, 26 August 2011

A Thousand Wishes

It has been a very rainy day here at the Tramway, so we thought that we should rescue the many wishes left by our visitors on the Wish Tree last week. The Wish Tree was very popular and although we have not sat and counted each rescued wish, we do know that 1000-1500 labels were used to write wishes on last week. That's a lot of wishes for our tree to cope with!

We have enjoyed reading the wishes and we thought that you might like to read a few too.

'I wish I was Indiana Jones' Nathaniel Bradley aged 3

'I wish there was a tram full of penguins' Chloe, lol

'I wish I am a rock star when I am older, about 8' Anon

'I wish to be in the Royal Command Unit' Aaron Stockwell

'I wish I was a great big man eating ant!' Anon

'I wish I had a real life Unicorn' Esme

'I want to be a mermaid' Anon

'I wish I had a metal rocket' Anon

'I wish I had super powers' Mason

'I wish for my family to stay happy and healthy always xxx' Anon

'I wish Nicholas wouldn't be quite so grumpy!' S&J

'I wish Man U get relagated this year' Anon

'The Lottery Win for once,' Margaret & Alan, Lynne & Kev

'I wish to own all the reptiles in the world,' B. Bates

'I wish for everybody to be happy,' Anon

'I wish all our boys and girls that are away from their families fighting for our country come home safely. Thank You x,' Anon

We would like to say thank you to all of our visitors who left a wish. The Wish Tree is now recovering from a hectic week and will be ready to spring into action again next year!

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Fairy Dens

Here are some photographs of the impressive fairy dens up on our Woodland Walk. There will be more Fairy Den making tomorrow among other activities. Next week we have Alice in Wonderland themed activities in the run up to our new event – Alice in Woodland on the 28th and 29th of August.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

The Wish Tree

The Wish Tree on the Woodland Walk as part of our Woodland Fun Week

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Sandford Award for Heritage Education

The Museum is delighted to announce it is to receive the Sandford Award for Heritage Education.

The Learning Department met the required criteria to a high standard which covered educational and domestic facilities, contribution to local and national heritage, good management and administration for all aspects of the visit and consultation with educational customers and advisors.

The judges also shadowed an education session lead by a member of the learning team in the New Learning Centre.

Lead Judge Adam Clarke said ‘This Museum is a gem in the East Midlands’ crown and offers excellent, unique learning opportunities. The village itself is a concoction of historical buildings in their own right, taken from elsewhere, to create a pseudo-heritage experience. The learning opportunities on offer are exceptional, giving children the chance to look into a world gone by – something which many would argue we could learn much from as we consider our future. As the museum looks to improve further in the future, this Award will hopefully be seen as a catalyst for even more excellent practise in the area of heritage education.’

The award ceremony will take place in November.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Craft Workshops

The craft workshops have been as popular as ever in the new Learning Centre. They take place weekdays 1pm - 3pm over the summer holidays. Below are some pictures from Monday 8th August of our visitors making recycled art.

 Bradley and Lilly



Aiden, Abby and Alfie


Monday, 8 August 2011

159 Update

The 159 restoration, sitting on its own wheels for the first time since 1923

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

The George Stephenson Workshop Official Opening

The new exhibition was offically opened on Tuesday 26th of July by Andrew Lewer, leader of Derbyshire County Council.