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Rediscovering the Iron Giant: Bennerley Viaduct Exhibition Preview Event 19th May at 7pm


Photo © RPL: Bennerley Viaduct

Photo © RPL: Bennerley Viaduct

Join Railway Paths Ltd this month for the opening of the Rediscovering Bennerley Viaduct – the Iron Giant of the Erewash Valley Exhibition, with an exhibition preview event on Thursday 19th May, 7pm – 9pm.

As part of the Heritage Lottery Funded ’Rediscovering Bennerley Viaduct’ project we’re putting on an exhibition over the summer at Erewash Museum in Ilkeston. We’ve worked in partnership with the Museum to put together a fascinating display which will showcase the heritage of the 139 year old wrought iron viaduct in our ownership. Valued as a rare and impressive example of Victorian railway architecture and an Erewash Valley landmark, the story of this ‘iron giant’ and its surroundings will be the focus of the summer-long exhibition which opens on 20 May and runs until 30 August.

During the course of the exhibition there’ll also be a range of special events taking place including workshops, talks and model railway displays. The following events and dates are confirmed so far:

  • 8th June – evening talks about the history of the viaduct and its wrought iron construction
  • 18th June – guided wildlife walk in the vicinity of the viaduct 10am – 1pm
  • 2nd July – art demonstration and workshop by local transport artist Paul Atchinson
  • 23rd July, 3rd Aug, 10th Aug & 20th Aug – model railway display by Ilkeston Woodside Model Railway Club featuring scale model of Bennerley Viaduct!

If you would like to attend to exhibition preview event on the 19th May, please let Bill Tomson know: Bill.Tomson@sustrans.org.uk .

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