Century of Trams

In 2010 the Great Exhibition Hall was redisplayed with the ‘Century of Trams’ exhibition. The exhibition takes you on a fascinating journey through a hundred years of tramway development, from 1860 – 1960, taking in horse trams, steam trams and electric trams.

With funding from the Wolfson Foundation and Derbyshire Economic Partnership the exhibition now features new interpretive panels, audio sounds to represent each decade of the timeline and interactives for all the family to enjoy.

Don’t forget to look out for the archive film features that are now on display in the hall. There are film shows projected on the windows of two of the trams. Take a look at the story of Blackpool’s trams which features some of the earliest archive film footage the Museum holds, or see the last days of the tramway systems from the 1950s and how the Museum came to be the home of these vintage vehicles. All contributing to our reputation as one of the best Derbyshire attractions for all the family.

A new permanent exhibition from 2019, Michael Holroyd Smith – Electrifying the Future explores the work of ‘History Maker’ Michael Holroyd Smith, with hands on exhibits, digital interactives and previously unseen items from the archive.

Holroyd Smith was a pioneering inventor of the late 19th and early 20th century, who changed the course of tramway history in the UK and had far reaching influence in the engineering world.

Funded by AIM Biffa Award.

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Stephenson Discovery Centre

Built in the 1800s, the two storey Stephenson Workshop stands in the heart of the Museum. It was originally used as a smithy and wagon works for George Stephenson’s one metre gauge mineral railway to transport limestone from what was then Crich Cliff Quarry to kilns at Ambergate.

The building has been fully restored and is now home to a brand new state of the art learning facility on the ground floor and the Stephenson Discovery Centre on the first floor.

The award winning Stephenson Discovery Centre is a vibrant interactive space. Visitors can explore what there is to do at Crich Tramway Village, as well as how the Museum started, the history before the Tramway Village and how overcrowding in expanding towns and cities paved the way for in the introductions of trams to Britain in the 1800s.

Workshop Viewing Gallery

Now connected to the Stephenson Discovery Centre via a glass bridge link, the Workshop Viewing Gallery gives visitors the chance to watch the Museum’s skilled workshop staff restoring trams and keeping our operating fleet in tip top condition.

The Workshop is vital to Crich Tramway Village as it restores and maintains trams to a high standard for our visitors to enjoy. Many of the trams that arrive here are in a sorry state of repair and it can take many years to restore each tram to the standard available for visitors to ride on.

Survive and Thrive – The Electric Era

Located behind the old Derby Assembly Rooms façade, the Survive and Thrive exhibition looks at the reintroduction of modern tramway systems in cities around the UK. Find your town on the wall map showing first and second generation tramways, and try on a uniform. This building also houses our temporary exhibition space.

Part of FORMAT 19 – FOREVER/NOW in partnership with QUAD 16th March – 9th June 2019
Tramway Tommies and Clippie Girls

A selection of work from ‘Quinn’ by Photographer / artist Lottie Davies, curated by WM Hunt.



THE MOBILE POST BOX – MAIL BY TRAM 21st June – 3rd November 2019

This exhibition reveals how, in the early 20th Century, tramcars became mobile post boxes, carrying and delivering letters and parcels. It explores some of the challenges that had to be overcome in order to provide this service. 

Included in the exhibition is a fascinating display of the different items that could and couldn’t be delivered using the tramway postal services, as well as the post boxes that the tramcars carried. There will also be the chance to explore how tramcars have been represented on postage stamps through the years. You can even design your own tram-themed stamp.

Opening Times 2019

Spring Season

16th March - 12th April 10am - 4.30pm (last admissions 3pm). Except week-ends when we will close at 5.30pm. (last admissions 4pm).

Main Season

13th April - 8th September: 10am - 5.30pm (last admissions 4pm) 

Autumn Season

9th September - 27th October: 10am - 4.30pm (last admissions 3pm) Except week-ends when we will close at 5.30pm. (last admissions 4pm).

Starlight Spectacular

Mon. 28th Oct. and Saturday 2nd Nov.: 10am - 8.30pm (last admissions 7pm; last tram 8.00pm)
Tues. 29th Oct. - Friday 1st Nov:. 10am - 7.30pm. (last admissions 6.00pm; last tram 7.00pm).

Last Day of the Season

Sun. Nov. 3rd: 10am - 5.30pm (last admissions 4pm; last tram 5.00pm)

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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