In September 2017 we were hosts to a coach load of delegates to a conference at Cambridge University. A dramatized presentation at that conference is now available for us to look at.
Wednesday 10th October 2018. The volunteers who work on the Hawley Collection at Kelham Island Museum visited the Forge. Ken Hawley was custodian of the Forge for many years.
Sunday 30th September. The Railway Ramblers Walking Group paused for lunch at the Forge, were shown round the Forge which made railway wagon axles and then continued their walk!
Friday 28th September. An Industrial History U3A group from Barrow in Furness visited the Forge while staying in the area. They had also visited Kelham Island Museum and the Elsecar Newcomen Engine.
Sunday 23rd September. A local vintage car club made their morning run to the Forge. Our guides were a bit overwhelmed but everyone seemed to enjoy their outing.
Wednesday 19th September. A party of vintage Morgan sports cars visited the Forge.
Sunday 2nd September. A record number of visitors came to the Forge for the Model Engineers Open Day. With a full car park, cars were parking along the road and up Well Hill.
Wednesday 29th August. At last, after several years of effort, the rescued mill steam engine George III sprang to life and ran continuously at 10 rpm. Just in time for display at the Model Engineers’ Open Day on Sunday 2nd September.
Sunday 19th August. About a dozen Morgan cars visited the Forge. Some of the visitors toured the site while others were happy examining one another’s cars and chatting to old friends. People were still wandering around 4 hours later!
Sunday 15th July. Seventeen youngsters (with four leaders) from 160th Hillsborough Trinity Brownies walked down from their activity centre in Greenmoor and spent a couple of hours looking round the historic Forge and our museum and having a train ride alongside the river Don.
Wednesday 16th June. Hope Historical Society will make an evening visit to the Forge. They may travel on the ancient Mortimer Road. There should be light enough as the Summer Solstice approaches.
Tuesday 17th May. Rumpus Media descended on the Forge to do some filming. With their presenter Rob Bell, they are putting together a programme about lost railways and will include what is now the Trans-Pennine Trail through Thurgoland tunnel up to Penistone.
Wednesday 2nd May 2018. A hand-full of 1920s Alvis cars visited the Forge. Our visitors enjoyed the history and the engineering. One visitor came in his second car – a vintage Bentley!
Saturday 24th March. A poetic wander round the Forge with Steve Ely. A ‘Hear my Voice’ event sponsored by Barnsley Museums as part of the Penistone Art Week.
It is a pleasure when people turn up who have connections with the Forge in earlier times. Mrs D Broadhead was actually born at Low Forge in 1930. Mrs Moffat lived in cottage No. 6 at Top Forge until 1968.
Friday 22nd September. A large group of delegates to a Cambridge International Conference on Technology of Plasticity in metal-forming spent the afternoon at the Forge. We hope they learned something of the history of the Iron Industry as background to their modern studies. Positive feedback was appreciated.
Tuesday 5th September. A touring party of International Molinological Society members spent a couple of hours at the Forge viewing our water wheels and our collections of machine tools and stationary steam engines.
Sunday 13th August. A group of Lancashire motorcyclists (mostly on Velocettes) spent several hours on the site. Some of them even made it as far as the Bridge Inn for lunch.
Tuesday 4th July. The North Sheffield History Group (Chapeltown) visited our nailforge at Hoylandswaine and then came to visit Top Forge. It is always interesting when visitors or their relatives have worked in the metal industries. They also found their inner child during a brief trip on the miniature railway.
Our quiet site is by chance a sort of nature reserve. We have families of coots, moorhens and Canada geese on the dam. There have been a couple of rapid sightings of the kingfisher. A family of pheasants was seen in the grounds.
Sunday 28th May. Descendants of the Cockshutt family visited the Forge. Their forebears ran the Wortley Forges throughout the C18th. James Cockshutt became a Fellow of the Royal Society at the height of the Industrial Revolution.
Wednesday 17th May. The Institute of Civil Engineers (retired section) visited the Forge this morning. There were C18th connections between engineer John Smeaton and James Cockshutt.
The May issue of the Old Glory Magazine contained a 6-page article about the Forge.
Friday evening 12th May. The International Early Engine Conference descended on our site to view our collections.
We seem to have acquired a Facebook page. With-it visitors may like to interact.
Sunday April 30th. The Tour de Yorkshire cycle race passed within 100 yards of the Forge.
April 8th 2017. We were visited by the Wealden Iron Research group.
The George III steam engine has now got a flywheel.
In February 2017 our volunteers rescued a 1900s vintage oil engine by Cundall & Sons (Telephone Shipley No. 4)
In January 2017 the Forge briefly featured on ‘The Great British Railway Journeys’ television programme. Ted Young described the making of railway axles from wrought iron and Michael Portillo went for a ride on the narrow gauge railway – an exciting journey!