Chance to learn about tramway restoration project

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Crich Tramway Village has promised a day out to remember for visitors this half-term.

For tramway curators will be on hand to tell people about the latest restoration project at the venue.

Thanks to £900,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, building work has started on the new £1million Stone Workshop Learning and Discovery Centre, which is set to open this summer.

Visitors will learn about the history of the building, which originally served George Stephenson’s railway, and get an insight into how it will be used once it re-opens.

There will also be exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of the library and archives of the National Tramway Museum.

Glynn Wilton, curator of the National Tramway Museum, said: “This is an exciting chance for the public to gain access to the museum’s collections that are not on open display, and learn about how they are cared for.”

Also, the trams will be back on the tracks giving rides to visitors and there will be a variety of craft workshops for children to take part in.

The Stone Workshop talks are at 11am daily until Friday, February 25. The library tours are at 2pm, 2.30pm and 3pm today and tomorrow, and the children’s craft workshops are between 1pm and 3pm, until Friday, February 25.

The Tramway Village is open until Sunday, February 27, at weekends in March, and daily from April 2 until October 30.

For more information ring 01773 854321 or go to www.tramway.co.uk.