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In the year that Barrow Hill Roundhouse should have be celebrating its 150th anniversary and welcoming schools and visitors to the museum to help us celebrate, the Coronavirus pandemic and ensuing lockdown meant that our doors were closed and remain so, for the time being.

During these uncertain times Arts Council England has been offered funding to the arts and culture sector.  We were delighted and grateful to have been successful in securing funding for our “Full Steam Ahead” project. This ensured the museum could continue to build on the success of the National Heritage Lottery Fund “Moving Forward” project completed in 2017.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Arts Council England, The National Heritage Lottery Fund and everybody who plays The National Lottery. This funding not only provided us with essential operational costs but also allowed us to continue working with our amazing volunteers and fantastic local artists on the following activities:

“Lockdown The Line”
Our celebrations looked a little different to our initial plans for this special 150th year as we turned digital.  We produced an online version of our successful community play “Down The Line”, written by Kevin Fegan and directed by Carole Copeland, which saw its debut at the Roundhouse’s reopening celebrations in 2017. We used ‘Zoom’, film and animation; involved singing, dancing and drama; Art and Hair and Face Art.

Ask The Experts
You sent in your questions and our amazing and knowledgeable Roundhouse volunteers were standing by to answer your questions. Our young interviewers asked those questions for you and produced a number of interesting and informative films. Coming soon!

To find out more about Barrow Hill heritage check out this fantastic resource created by local community group 'Friends of St Andrew's' (F.O.S.T.A.)

Explore The Barrow Hill Heritage Trail and discover the stories of the lives of local people and the events that have shaped our past.

Lock Down The Line, Barrow Hill Community, Chesterfield
Ask the Experts at Barrow Hill Roundhouse Museum
Community Workshops at Barrow Hill Roundhouse and Railway Museum
Community Partners at Barrow Hill Roundhouse and Museum

In addition to Arts Council England funding, we would like to thank Active Derbyshire, Young Peoples Fund who have generously funded additional work in the village of Barrow Hill and surrounding area of Staveley. This work is being led by Community Growth CIC and includes building a ‘Community Chorus’ for “Lockdown The Line”.


Please click on the links below to view the winners of our competitions...

Hair and Face art competition - locked down and emergence        art competition

Active Partners Trust LogoArts Council