Beneath Our Feet

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View of open cast mine, pit head and slag heap at Berry Hill, between Fenton, Hanley & Stoke on Trent, 1937 (Staffordshire County Museum)

How agriculture and industry shaped a county.

The history of Staffordshire has been shaped by the rich wealth of resources found beneath our feet. In this family friendly exhibition we explore the rocks, minerals and soils found below the ground, and how these natural resources have helped shaped the county we know today.

You can find out about the people who worked in coal mining, iron working, pottery making and other industries which have altered the landscape.  Large areas of Staffordshire are still agricultural, but these too have undergone great changes.

The extraction of these materials and the pollution from industry have affected the environment, but much is being done to heal the landscape.

Featuring objects and documents from Staffordshire Archive & Heritage’s collections you can explore Staffordshire’s past and find out what lies under foot.

Admission to the museum and exhibition is free.

The exhibiton will open on Saturday 20 July and be on show until Sunday 22 September.

Audio-described tours are available to prebook by contacting the museum.

Mary the mole


We have an exciting event planned as part of this exhibition - younger visitors can join us on Wednesday 24 July for Mary the Mole Goes Digging, an Interactive Storytime.

To find out more and book your tickets take a look at the event page:

Mary the Mole Goes Digging: Interactive Storytime at Brampton Museum event tickets from TicketSource

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