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

During these uncertain times Arts Council England has been offering funding to the arts and culture sector.  We are delighted and grateful to announce that we have been successful in securing funding for our “Full Steam Ahead” project, ensuring the museum will 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 has not only provided us with essential operational costs but has also allowed us to continue working with our amazing volunteers and fantastic local artists on the following activities:

“Lockdown The Line”
Our celebrations will look a little different to our initial plans for this special 150th year as we turn digital.  We are planning to produce 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 will be using ‘Zoom’, film and animation; there will be singing, dancing and drama; and we will need assistance with hair, makeup, set design and costumes. Everybody is welcome to join in. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact the Learning Team by emailing us at

Ask The Experts
Our amazing and knowledgeable Roundhouse volunteers are standing by to answer your questions. We would welcome any questions related to life on the railways, engineering, history or cultural careers. You can ask your questions via Facebook or by email to

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”.


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

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