“ Buxton Road, Castleton, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 8WP „
If you are in the town of Castleton (Derbyshire) and want to know more about the town and its history then pop into the Castleton Museum. This small museum is situated in the old school room of the Methodist Church in the central area of the village (on Buxton Road) and is run by volunteers from the Castleton Historical Society. Although the museum is only small it is extremely well laid out and depicts life in the area over many centuries, giving a unique insight into local life. There are many different displays including mock-ups of old shops and craft skills that were abundant in Castleton. The displays include a Smithy, Rope Making, a Wheelwright and the local school. There is information, maps and samples of all the local rocks and minerals and how these have affected the prosperity of the area. It is actually quite amazing just how much has been fitted into this museum, without giving it the feeling of being cluttered or cramped. There is no charge to visit the museum, although there is a donation box at the entrance. There is always a volunteer to answer any questions you may have and the museum is open most afternoons during the Summer (except Fridays and Saturdays). A visit only takes about 30 minutes, but is very interesting. If you pass the old school room then do go in and see the displays, they are well worth a visit.