New Stanton tribute at museum
An expanded and updated exhibition celebrating the history of Stanton Ironworks has been unveiled at Erewash Museum and features all-new displays and historic objects and materials linked to the site.
The new look exhibition opened to the public on Friday (22 September) in the existing Stanton Gallery and is seen as a tribute to the ironworks, the role it played throughout its life and to the thousands of local people who worked at the site.
Current site owner Saint-Gobain PAM UK Ltd has funded the Stanton Gallery exhibition and worked together with Erewash Museum, which is committed to ensuring the industrial heritage of the site is properly recorded and acknowledged. The new display includes a dedicated family friendly area.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“We have no doubt this will be an incredibly popular exhibition in our Stanton Gallery at the museum. It was important to us to have the history of Stanton Ironworks brought to life and equally important that it is done so in Erewash, on the doorstep of this site that has a rich history and evokes memories for the many families whose members and ancestors worked there. The new look Stanton Gallery is a must-see.
“Be sure to visit the museum for this excellent display, and have a look around at what else is on offer too – including the tearoom and Hayloft area.”
The gallery charts the history of Stanton Ironworks and its development from the late 18th century onwards as well as the lives of those that worked at the site. The Ironworks became one of the biggest individual employers in the area and played an important role in the production of armaments in both world wars. During World War II, the male workers were conscripted into the military, meaning women made up the vast proportion of the workforce.
In 1985, the business was acquired by the French company which later became Saint-Gobain Pipelines, which still owns the site. Production stopped in May 2007.