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Crowd of visitors in coal mine
A small town – with a huge effect. The South Wales town of Blaenavon was once the spearhead of the industrial revolution. For 200 years everything revolved around coal and iron here in the Afon Lwyd Valley. This not only affected the landscape. It also affected the people. To such an extent that ...
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Big Pit: National Coal Museum World Heritage Site
NP4 9XP Blaenavon, United Kingdom

Cromford | United Kingdom
The first modern factory in history was built in Cromford in the Derwent valley, not far from Nottingham. The Derwent is anything but a fast-flowing river. That said it flows quickly enough to be able to drive waterwheels. Richard Arkwright, a former wigmaker, recognised this fact and promptly ...
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Cromford Mills World Heritage Site
Cromford Mill
DE4 3RQ Cromford, United Kingdom

Dudley | United Kingdom
It could hardly be easier to step back in time. Visitors just need to get on the tram, and take it in to town. While strolling around the shops, they can watch the children whipping their spinning-tops in the street. In order to learn more about the wares in the historic shop windows it only takes ...
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Black Country Living Museum
Tipton Road
DY1 4SQ Dudley, United Kingdom

Dundee | United Kingdom
The ground shakes when the factory thunders into life. Carding machines, drawing frames, spinning machines and weaving looms comb, stretch, whirl, spin and weave the very same thread for which Dundee was once famous. Jute. In the late 19th century the Scottish port had more jute factories than ...
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Verdant Works
West Henderson´s Wynd
DD1 5BT Dundee, United Kingdom

Lanark | United Kingdom
A small village nestles in the heart of a romantic landscape, and yet cotton was once manufactured here in large quantities. New Lanark was created for this very reason alone. The powerful currents of the River Clyde were the driving force behind Scotland's most profitable spinning mills, the first ...
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New Lanark World Heritage Site
New Lanark Mills
ML11 9DB Lanark, United Kingdom

Llanberis | United Kingdom
How do you steal a mountain? You knock it off. That’s the answer you’d get from a Welshman. The Welsh speak from experience. In North Wales they knocked off mountains en masse – in the form of hundreds of slate quarries. In the 19th century the slate tiles on almost every roof in Britain had been ...
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National Slate Museum World Heritage Site
Padarn Country Park
LL55 4TY Llanberis, United Kingdom

London | United Kingdom
This steam engine is so huge that you can walk under its beams standing upright – whilst it’s puffing away and rising and sinking. Originally it was used to pump water in west London. Now it is the pride of the Kew Bridge Steam Museum, along with eight other powerful steam engines. Six of them are ...
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London Museum of Water & Steam
Green Dragon Lane Brentford
TW8 0EN London, United Kingdom

Perth | United Kingdom
The noise of the web and carding machines thwart any normal conversation. That is why the women who operate the machines use their own sign language to communicate. This special language is also understood by the children, whose tasks include crawling under the running machines to clean them…  ...
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Stanley Mills
Mill Square
PH1 4QE Perth, United Kingdom

Port Sunlight | United Kingdom
A walk through Port Sunlight is like a journey through England’s architectural heritage set in a beautiful parkland setting. The picturesque character of this late 19th century garden village is no coincidence. Its founder, William Hesketh Lever (1851-1925) built Port Sunlight to house the workers ...
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Port Sunlight
Port Sunlight Village Trust
23 King George’s Drive
CH62 5DX Port Sunlight, United Kingdom

Sheffield | United Kingdom
Knives, saws, scythes, files, razor blades, cutlery. No doubt about it, Sheffield is the English equivalent of Solingen. What began with small workshops in the 16th century quickly developed into the brand mark of an up-and-coming industrial city. Later Sheffield was to pioneer modern steel ...
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Kelham Island Museum
Alma Street
S3 8RY Sheffield, United Kingdom

Swansea | United Kingdom
Computer screens with interactive film sequences. Graphics and projections. Multi-media shows demonstrating how fireproof bricks, iron and steel were manufactured. The first impressions make it unmistakably clear that the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea (Wales) prides itself on ...
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National Waterfront Museum
Oystermouth Road
SA1 3RD Swansea, United Kingdom

Telford | United Kingdom
Length: 30.6 metres. Height: 16.75 metres. Weight: 378 tons. These are the basic facts about the Iron Bridge, which spans the Severn Valley in Telford. But who can regard the history of the first ever iron bridge in mere statistics? It is universally recognised as the symbol of the industrial ...
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Iron Bridge World Heritage Site
Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust Coach Road Coalbrookdale
TF8 7DQ Telford, United Kingdom

Wakefield | United Kingdom
You had better dress up warm here. For you’ll be going 140 metres underground. And below the earth it is cold, damp and dark. The National Coalmining Museum for England, near Overton in West Yorkshire, is located in one of the oldest collieries in the United Kingdom. Here visitors can don a miner’s ...
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National Coal Mining Museum for England
Caphouse Colliery
New Road Overton
WF4 4RH Wakefield, United Kingdom

Waltham Abbey | United Kingdom
If you put saltpetre, charcoal and sulphur together the result is an explosive mixture. Gunpowder changed the face of the world. One of the main contributors was the Royal Gunpowder Mills in Essex. For 300 years the works near Waltham Abbey researched and produced almost everything to do ammunition ...
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Royal Gunpowder Mills
Beaulieu Drive
EN9 1JY Waltham Abbey, United Kingdom

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Eisenerz | Austria
The city museum of Eisenerz, centrally located in the Old Town Hall at the Bergmannplatz since 2011, takes the visitor back to the heyday of local ironwork in the 16th century, with the prestigious council chamber of 1583 and the former jail as proper setting.The museum tour leads visitors from the ...
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Museum in the Old Town Hall
Bergmannplatz 1
8790 Eisenerz, Austria

The Leoben MuseumsCenter with its state-of-the-art design translates 2,000 years of local, regional, and mining history into a complex experience that invites visitors to ride on “Seven rails into the past”. The seven rails stand for seven outstanding events that shape Leoben’s history and can be ...
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MuseumsCenter | Kunsthalle Leoben
Kirchgasse 6
8700 Leoben, Austria

Radmer | Austria
Copper has been mined in the Radmer valley since the Bronze Age. Between 1590 and 1620 Radmer was one of the most important Alpine copper mining regions. In 1855 the mine was closed, leaving a total of 60 galleries that are mostly unknown or not accessible.Only the Paradeisstollen with its labyrinth ...
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Copper Visitor Mine
Radmer 36
8795 Radmer, Austria

Vordernberg | Austria
Vordernberg was for many centuries the main centre of iron smelting south of the mountain. Most of the surviving monuments date from the reorganization of the trade in the mid-19th century. The centre of the town is a well with an elaborate wrought-iron cover of 1668. Adjacent to it is Radwerk IV, a ...
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Radwerk IV Blast Furnace Museum
Peter-Tunner-Straße 2
8794 Vordernberg, Austria

Wildalpen | Austria
The museum, located in the noble 17th century mansion that once belonged to the owner of a hammer mill, is devoted to the history of water supply and to the achievements in constructing the Vienna spring water pipeline which was of significant importance for the water supply of city.Since 1910 the ...
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Museum HochQuellenWasser
Säusenbach 14
8924 Wildalpen, Austria

Since the beginning of the 20th century, Antwerp has been the world's most important centre for the processing and trading of diamonds, after the city had already been a famous diamond centre in the 16th century, but lost its importance when the country was divided into the Northern and Southern ...
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DIVA. Museum for Diamonds, Jewellery and Silver
DIVA, museum voor diamant, juwelen en zilver
Suikerrui 17-19
2000 Antwerp, Belgium

Plovdiv | Bulgaria
In the very heart of Plovdiv there is an area that fascinates with its past beauty, massive and exquisite architecture and urban ensemble – the so-called Tobacco City. More than 15 hectares on which around 13 tobacco warehouses and factories were built by local investors as production sites for the ...
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Tobacco City
16 Ekzarh Yosif Str.
4000 Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Labin | Croatia
The Labin National Museum was founded in 1960 and works within the Labin Public Open University. The museum is located in the old town’s heart in the Baroque palace of the Battiala-Lazzarini family. It provides an overview of Labin’s history with a selection of the most important events presented in ...
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Labin National Museum
Narodni muzej Labin
Ul. 1. maja 6
5220 Labin, Croatia

The Palace that the people of Rijeka today call the Benčić Palace was built as one of the facilities of Rijeka’s sugar refinery compound and it was known as the Sugar Refinery Palace. The sugar plant marked the beginning of Rijeka’s industrial story and wrote the first chapter of the city’s ...
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City Museum of Rijeka at Sugar Refinery Palace
Muzej Grada Rijeke - Palača Šećerane
Krešimirova 28
513000 Rijeka, Croatia

The Rijeka’s torpedo launching and testing station is place where in 1866 the first torpedo Luppis-Whitehead was invented and tested.  Whitehead torpedo factory in Rijeka was the first torpedo factory on the world, and the Whitehead torpedoes became for almost half the century the standard navy ...
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Torpedo Launching and Testing Station
Tvornica "Torpedo" PRO TORPEDO Rijeka
Milutina Baraca 19
51000 Rijeka, Croatia

Bartošovice | Czech Republic
Water mill in Odry Region was first mentioned in the urbary of Bartošovice manor in 1678. In present time the mill represents a unique technical and cultural object. The mill’s gearing and equipment is the only one its type that is functional in the Moravian-Silesian Region and one of a few in the ...
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Bartošovice Mill – Mill in Motion
Bartošovický mlýn
Bartošovice 208
74254 Bartošovice, Czech Republic

Hejnice | Czech Republic
Hejnice is a small town on the River Smĕda in the Jezera Mountains in Bohemia, and was a municipality in the Sudentenland between 1938 and 1945. The museum is located at beautiful site of Jizera mountains landscape in former textile factory “Baumwollspinerei Karl Bienert und Söhne”, which is an ...
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Jizera Mountains Technical Museum
Jizerskohorské Technické Muzeum
Bily Potok 295
46362 Hejnice, Czech Republic

Kopřivnice | Czech Republic
The Tatra Truck Museum houses in the reconstructed building of the former Tatra foundry. It presents a unique collection of 80 Tatra trucks and chassis on an area of more than 5,000 m2. The oldest Czech car manufacturer is synonymous with a number of groundbreaking design solutions. Visitors can get ...
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Tatra Truck Museum
Muzeum nákladních automobilů Tatra
Husova 1326/13
74221 Kopřivnice, Czech Republic

Lobeč u Mšena | Czech Republic
The Lobeč Brewery, a significant technical landmark of czech brewing industry, is situated in Central Bohemian Region, some 60 km north of Prague. The village is located on the edge of Kokořínsko Natural Reserve and was declared a Rural Heritage Zone with the local Brewery and a Baroque castle as ...
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Lobeč Brewery
Lobeč 34
27736 Lobeč u Mšena, Czech Republic

Nový Jičín | Czech Republic
You can try out around 300 different head coverings at the Nový Jičín visitor center. Its interactive exposition will uncover the secrets of hat-making technology and lead you through the local hat-making tradition, the roots of which reach back to the 16th century. Part of the exposition will ...
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Nový Jičín – Town of Hats Visitor Centre
Návštěvnické centrum Nový Jičín - město klobouků
Masarykovo náměstí 45
74101 Nový Jičín, Czech Republic

Odry | Czech Republic
The Flaschar’s Mine historic mine works date from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, a time when the slate industry boom culminated in the area of the Low Jeseník Mountains. At the end of the 19th century there were fifty-two active facilities devoted to mining and processing slate reported in ...
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Flaschar’s mine
Flascharův důl
74235 Odry, Czech Republic

Ostrava | Czech Republic
The mining museum situated in Landek Park opened in 1993, but incorporating collections that date from 1905, is based in a range of red brick colliery buildings, designed by Viennese architects between 1890 and 1915. It includes headstocks, engineering shops and pithead baths. The vast former ...
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Mining Museum in Landek Park
Hornické muzeum
Pod Landekem 64
725 29 Ostrava, Czech Republic

Frederiksvaerk | Denmark
Frederiksvaerk boasts a remarkable history along the lines of well-known English factory villages such as Coalbrookdale, New Lanark and Saltaire. Based on waterpower Frederiksvaerk once housed the national armament industry and was a worldwide supplier of military equipment. In the 1720s an agate ...
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Frederiks Vaerk Museum of Industry
Industrimuseet Frederiks Værk
Torvet 18-20
DK 3300 Frederiksvaerk, Denmark

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