Corfe Castle Town Trust Museum
The Museum has images and artefacts taken from Corfe’s past with the clay, stone and Purbeck Marble industries and snapshots of why and how the village became what it is today.
The Museum is housed on the ground floor of the smallest Town Hall in England and so it is quite small too, but well worth a visit. It is open every day and entry is free.
Address: No 1 West Street, Corfe Castle, Dorset, BH20 5HA (just off the Square)
The new award winning Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum
Close to Corfe Castle village, next door to Norden station and park and ride is a brand new and superb visitor attraction: The Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum. The Museum aims to recreate a working environment typical of the drift ball clay mining industry. Purbeck has had (and still has) a ball clay industry producing some of the finest clays in the world since the mid18C including supplying Josiah Wedgewood for his fine china.
The museum complex allows visitors to walk through underground passages and the history of ball clay mining is displayed. Around the complex is a narrow gauge railway system complete with track, sidings, and wagons. There will be diesel hauled trains on certain days in the summer. The website link is www.pmmmg.org.
Entrance to the museum is free but donations are requested.
The museum is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays between 11am and 16.30pm.