This exhibition focuses on the community history of Brampton, looking at personal stories as well as the social and industrial history of this well-loved area of Chesterfield.
The Museum is open Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10am - 4pm. Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted.
We’ll look at the Potteries with a display of Brampton ware including practical storage jars through to an iodine locket and a water filter.
We’ll also explore the history of Robinson’s, once the largest employer in Chesterfield with its own social club, organised days out to the coast, and an operatic society. The company was founded in 1839 to make pill boxes but diversified and made surgical dressings for the Crimean War and later World War One. It introduced the first disposable nappies made packaging for well-loved brands such as smarties and moved on to plastics.
We’ll walk the Brampton Mile which had more than 20 pubs along its length, although some including the Bold Rodney and the Square and Compass, have closed, whilst others have changed their name. The Red Lion is now the Crafty Dog and the New Inn is the Tramway Tavern. We’ll call in at the Brampton Brewery, a microbrewery that grew out of the original Brewery and which still produces Brampton Best and Impy Dark.
We’ll look at what people did for fun, including the Brampton Feast (a big fun fair), Bradbury Hall (a venue for concerts, dancing and musicals), the Brampton Coliseum Picture Palace and green spaces such as Walton Dam and Somersall Park.
We’ll also remember some of the shops along the road. Mr English’s old fashioned grocers shop, Scott and Haslams butchers and ‘Tinny’ Johnson’s ironmonger store are no longer with us, but new shops, cafes and specialist shops have opened in their place.
More information on hands on activities will follow nearer the time.
Location: Chesterfield Museum and Art Gallery