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Derbyshire's Crich Tramway Village gets 1m cash boost

A Derbyshire tourist attraction has been awarded £1m for improvement works.

Crich Tramway Village, the home of the National Tramway Museum, has been awarded the funding to build an exhibition and learning centre.

It will be created in a disused stone workshop that once served George Stephenson's railway.

About £900,000 of the money has come from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), with the remainder coming from the museum's own resources.

Glynn Wilton, museum curator said: "The new stone workshop exhibition and learning centre will not only preserve a unique, historically important building but it will also create a visitor hub and exhibition space and provide a valuable new learning facility."

Built in 1841, the two-storey building was originally used as a smithy and wagon works for Stephenson's railway to transport limestone from what was then Crich Cliff Quarry to kilns at Ambergate.

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