The Tramway Museum Society, its Membership and its Museum

This fascinating Museum began during the decline of the tram in the 1950s. Founder members became ‘people with a mission’ to rescue, store and restore as many types of tram as possible. The National Tramway Museum has developed into a major tourist attraction on the world stage, and is an important research centre for historians, scholars and students.

Volunteers at the Museum are relied upon to perform a thousand and one different tasks.

Armchair enthusiasts – those who are interested simply in the project but not physically active – are just as welcome as the more energetic. Nor do you need to know anything about trams in order to become an active participant.

Lots of youngsters who have never seen a tram in its original setting are finding the Museum the basis of a new, fascinating and rewarding hobby. On the other hand, more senior people too, make a significant contribution. Our members are drawn from all walks of life, and from all parts of the world. Meeting and working with them is an interesting experience in itself.

The Society supports social activities which include film shows, visits to other museums (home and abroad) and parties. There are also active local branches in many parts of the country. Furthermore, reciprocal admission arrangements exist with certain other museums. The Museum also possesses a cafe, and limited overnight accommodation for volunteer members.

Membership Prices

Ordinary membership (aged 18- 59)  £24.00 per year
Senior Members (aged 60+) £14.50 per year
Junior Members (aged 4 – 17) £12.00 per year
Family Adult (Aged 18+) £14.00 per year
Family Junior (Aged 4 – 17) £12.00 per year
Life (Full) (Aged 18 – 59)  £600.00
Life (Senior) (Aged 60+) £360.00


Membership benefits

1. Be part of preserving British Tramway Heritage for future generations.
2. Receive the Museum’s Journal and newsletter and keep up to date with what is happening and new developments.
3. Visit the Museum and enjoy the facilities offered throughout the season.
4. Enjoy a range of reciprocal admission arrangements with other specified heritage organisations.
5. Members’ discounts are available for some retail and catering services at the Museum on production of the membership card.
6. Receive invitations to ‘members only’ social events.
7. Adult members may attend the Annual General Meeting (and any other general meetings) and be entitled to vote.

Download the: Membership Application Form 2020v1

If you wish to pay by Direct Debit, please download the form here and return to us: DirectDebitInstruction

Family membership is available to the families of Ordinary or Life members. Senior, Junior and Family members do not have voting rights, and Family members do not receive Society literature.

Opening Dates & Times 2020 

Summer Season 2020

11th - 31st July:

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10am - 4.30pm. (last admissions 3pm)

Saturday and Sunday: 10am - 5.30pm. (last admissions 4pm).

August - September days and times to be advised.

Autumn Season 2020

To be advised

Starlight Event 27th October - 31st October 2020

To be advised.

Last Day of the Season 2020

To be advised.

Crich Tramway Village is a brand name for the National Tramway Museum (Accredited with Arts Council England), solely owned and operated by The Tramway Museum Society, incorporated in England with liability by guarantee (no. 744229). Registered charity number 313615. Our ICO number is Z6700136.

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