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Museum celebrates Chesterfield’s manufacturing industry

Visitors to Chesterfield Museum can learn about the borough's manufacturing industry with the launch of the Made in Chesterfield exhibition.

Running at the popular Chesterfield Borough Council–run attraction from Saturday 17 October until Saturday 9 January, the exhibition features items from at least 27 different Chesterfield companies making products today.

Items on display will include: a drill collar from Techman Engineering, pottery, strapping from Damar Webbing and leather items from Claytons.

Councillor Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield Borough Council's cabinet member for town centre and visitor economy, said: "Chesterfield has a rich and varied manufacturing history which continues to this day.

"The borough is known for producing specialised and bespoke items, working closely with the customer, and has a reputation for quality.

"This is a great opportunity to see the work which still continues today and I’d encourage families to visit the exhibition and learn together."

The exhibition will include some "hands on" elements for the museum's younger visitors, including boxes allowing them to feel and explore different materials.

Chesterfield Museum is open each Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Admission is free.

The exhibition will be part of the town's annual Made in Chesterfield Festival, which takes place across the town throughout November.

Peter Swallow, chair of Destination Chesterfield, which organises the annual Made in Chesterfield festival, said: "Made in Chesterfield is a flagship event for the town's manufacturing and engineering sector, which is the foundation of our economy and a large contributor to the region.

"However, lots of young people don’t know the companies or careers that exist within it. Made in Chesterfield is an important tool in raise awareness of this sector.

"Last year during Made in Chesterfield we introduced more than 400 young people to the sector through a programme of events. This year, we're running an entire month of school and business events throughout November.

"It is these events, combined with the exhibition at the museum, that will help us reach more people this year and enable the borough's thriving manufacturing sector to survive and prosper for many more generations."

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First published on 16 October 2015 Last updated on 31 October 2016