Joseph Shepherd – Flawed Hero?

Tom Leonard Memorial Lecture 2015

Saturday 19th September – 2:00 pm

Guest Speaker Sheila Crossman

Sheila is the author of a 2 part biography of the controversial first secretary of the Cleveland Miners’ and Quarrymens’  Association.

Vol 1 Joseph Shepherd : Miners’ Champion

Vol 2 Joseph Shepherd : Forgotten Hero

Admission Free – all welcome

Bat and Moth Night

Friday 11th September 6:30 – 9:30pm

Admission Free – Booking Required

Tel. 01287 636382 or email

Meet at the Museum

image001Interested in learning about our nocturnal creatures and seeing and hearing them close up?
An interesting bat talk and presentation at the Museum will be given to start the night off. This will be followed by a unique wildlife experience that will give you the chance to listen to bats hunting for food on a bat walk. We will use specialist bat detectors so we can hear the bats.
Using special moth traps we will take an up close look at the many different moths of the area.
Suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear and bring a torch.

This event is being organised by the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust

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Summer Walks in the Valley Of Iron

Summer Walks Leaflet front215Throughout the Summer the Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum is offering a series of Guided Walks, mostly in and around the Skinningrove Valley, exploring the historical and natural heritage of this unique corner of East Cleveland. Walks are free unless stated and suitable for all abilities.  See below for full programme details. (Click images to enlarge)

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May Half Term

Free Activities for All the Family

Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Teddy at Loftus Mine

Teddy at Loftus Mine

Bring your favourite Teddy, dressed as a Miner, for games in the park & a picnic.

Monday 25th May : 1:00 – 3:00 pm




Myths and Legends

Saxon Storytelling

Saxon Storytelling

Create your own play inspired by myths & legends of the past.

Tuesday 26th May : 1:00 – 3:00 pm




For more information email or phone 01287 642877


Museums at Night

Friday 15 May : 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Workplace ExperienceExperience the underground world of an ironstone miner on this special evening tour. Learn about life as a miner from Alan a former apprentice ironstone miner, then venture into one of Loftus Mines original haulage drift with Mick, before being transported back in time to the Victorian era and meeting our on duty deputy Maurice.

Maurice & MickAfter your shift shift there’ll be time for a cup of tea and a chance to don a flat cap and waist coat to have your photo taken as a memento of your visit

Museums at Night, is an annual UK-wide festival which seeks to encourage visitors into museums, galleries and heritage sites by throwing their doors open after hours and putting on special evening events.

Booking is not essential. Normal admission charges apply.

Not suitable for under 7 years old.

For more information telephone 01287 642877 or email

Museums at night