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European Themeroute | Xtra: Company Museums and Factory Tours

In this section you will find all the sites of our database, which are part of a company that is still active today, from the Fagus factory world heritage site in Alfeld on Leine (Germany) to the shoemuseum of Clarks in the small market town Street in Somerset, England.With this, ERIH is striking the ... more

Icon: Xtra: Company Museums and Factory ToursLiving Industry. Company Museums and Factory Tours

In this section you will find all the sites of our database, which are part of a company that is still active today, from the Fagus factory world heritage site in Alfeld on Leine (Germany) to the shoemuseum of Clarks in the small market town Street in Somerset, England.

With this, ERIH is striking the arches of abandoned industrial monuments to the manufacturing industry and shows that "industrial culture" does not only mean the past, but also encompasses the present and the future of industry.

Schönenwerd | Switzerland
The Bally company is a global corporation which produces and markets luxury shoes and, since 1976, handbags and other leather accessories. It was founded in Switzerland in 1851 by Carl Franz Bally (1822-99) and passed to successive generations of his family. The company had 500 employees by 1860, ...
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Bally Shoemuseum
Oltnerstrasse 6
Schönenwerd, Switzerland

The Alimentarium is a museum established in 1985 in the former headquarters building of Nestle International in Vevey on the shore of Lake Geneva. For over 30 years already, the world's first-ever food-themed museum has been sharing a global and independent view of the many aspects of the human ...
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Alimentarium | Musee d’alimentation
Quay Perdonnet, CP 13
1800 Vervey, Switzerland

Zürich | Switzerland
The manufacture of clocks and watches is perhaps the most celebrated of Switzerland’s industries. One of the best-known manufacturers is Beyer Chronometrie whose founder was Matthäus Beyer who began to make clocks in the German town of Donaueschingen around 1800. In 1822 his grandson Stefan Beyer ...
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Beyer Clock Museum
Uhrenmuseum Beyer
Bahnhofstrasse 31
8001 Zürich, Switzerland

Birmingham | United Kingdom
As the threat of European war increased in the 1930s the British government embarked in 1936 on a scheme to build ‘shadow factories’ for which government provided capital for existing companies to build new works, on condition that on the outbreak of hostilities they would be available for munitions ...
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Jaguar Visitor Centre
Chester Road Castle Vale
B35 7RA Birmingham, United Kingdom

Bury St. Edmunds | United Kingdom
This is one of England´s oldest and largest traditional working breweries. Here, you can join one of the daily Brewery Tours to see the beers actually being made using natural ingredients and traditional brewing methods.A tour round the historic working brew house includes a wonderful view of the ...
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Greene King Brewery
Greene King Westgate Brewery
IP33 1QT Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom

Bushmills | United Kingdom
Portrush is a resort on the coast of Co Antrim, with harbour installations of 1827-36 by John Rennie, and a spectacular railway station of 1892-3, designed by Berkely Deane, now used for other purposes, while trains call at modern, utilitarian platforms. The depot, a passenger station and some ...
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Old Bushmills Distillery
The Distillery
2 Distillery Road
BT57 8XH Bushmills, United Kingdom

Castle Cary | United Kingdom
Horsehair, a fabric made with a weft of combed fibres from the docked tails of horses and a warp of cotton or linen yarn, is very durable and has a unique lustre. It has been made in the Castle Cary district of Somerset since the early nineteenth century if not earlier. In 1831 26 people in the town ...
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John Boyd Textiles | Higher Flax Mills
Torbay Road
BA7 7DY Castle Cary, United Kingdom

Cockermouth | United Kingdom
Jennings Brewery was originally established as a true family concern back in 1828, in the village of Lorton. The company moved to its current location in 1874, in the historic town of Cockermouth, in the shadow of Cockermouth Castle, at the point where the rivers Cocker and Derwent merge.Jennings ...
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Jennings Brewery
Jennings Brothers Ltd. Castle Brewery
CA13 9NE Cockermouth, United Kingdom

Colchester | United Kingdom
The Tiptree Visitors’ Centre adjoins the factory of Wilkin & Sons Limited, jam and marmalade manufacturers since 1885. Inside, the factory processes soft fruit including medlars, mulberries, quince, plums, loganberries and the famous Little Scarlet Strawberry which are grown on Wilkins 1000-acre / 4 ...
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Tiptree Jam Shop and Museum
CO5 0RF Colchester, United Kingdom

Hawes | United Kingdom
The small market town of Hawes near the head of Wensleydale, through which the River Ure flows eastwards from the Pennines towards the sea, is the location of the only factory that still makes the traditional Wensleydale cheese.Since the Second World War when cheesemakers were obliged to produce a ...
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Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Centre
Gayle Lane
DL8 3RR Hawes, United Kingdom

Keith | United Kingdom
The Strathisla Distillery comprises one of the most elegant groups of buildings in the Scotch whisky industry. The distillery is the oldest in the Speyside region, having been founded in 1786 by Alexander Milne and George Taylor. It has been known by several different names and was called the Milton ...
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Strathisla Distillery
Seafield Avenue
AB55 5BS Keith, United Kingdom

Newtown | United Kingdom
The shops of W H Smith & Son, selling newspapers, stationery and books, could be seen on most high streets of England and Wales during the twentieth century. The growth of the company was due principally to William Henry Smith (1825-91), grandson of the founder of a London news vending business, who ...
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W H Smith Museum
24 High Street
SY16 2NP Newtown, United Kingdom

Stoke-on-Trent | United Kingdom
The Middleport Pottery is an outstanding model factory of the late nineteenth century for which new uses have been found.  Frederick Rathbone Burgess (died 1895) and William Leigh (died 1889) took over a pottery in Burslem in 1862, and subsequently moved to the Hill Pottery before establishing ...
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Middleport Pottery - Home of Burleigh
Port Street
ST6 3DE Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom

Stoke-on-Trent | United Kingdom
Josiah Wedgwood (1730-95) was a leading figure in Britain’s Industrial Revolution, a successful entrepreneur in the ceramics industry, a promoter of canals, and a member of the Lunar Society of Birmingham, the centre of Enlightenment thinking in the English Midlands.Wedgwood established his ...
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Wedgwood Museum / World of Wedgwood
Wedgwood Drive
ST12 9ER. Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom

Street | United Kingdom
The manufacture of shoes became the principal feature of the economy of the small Somerset market town of Street during the nineteenth century. A Quaker, Cyrus Clark began a leather-working business in the town in 1829 and the following year began to make shoes. Later in the century his descendants ...
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Shoe Museum
40 High Street
BA16 0YA Street, United Kingdom