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Killhope: North of England Lead Mining Museum


Mining, Society , Intellectual life

The North Pennines was the most important lead mining area of the country – an industry in which Britain once led the world. In the 1800s this rural landscape was transformed by an industry that is now almost invisible.

The exception is Killhope - the best preserved lead mining site in the country.

Visitors can experience a section of the mine, see the waterwheel that drove lead processing technology and learn about the lives of lead mining families.

It can also claim to be a first in the list of 100 Places - Killhope won the inaugural Guardian family-friendly museum award in 2004.

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