. . . . . Hough Mill open 2-5pm Sundays in October for people to see sails and new information boards . . . . . . . Talks re the history of Hough Mill Sunday 27th October . . . . . . . Trees from around the world - tour of Califat arboretum - Saturday 9th November . . . . . . .

Swannington Heritage Trust is an entirely volunteer run organisation maintaining 14 acres of former industrial heritage sites that are now managed as woodlands and grass heathland for the benefit of the community.

  • Two hundred year old derelict Hough Mill has been substantially restored and more progress is achieved each year.
  • The Swannington Incline (part of Robert Stephenson’s railway) has been transformed from an inaccessible rubbish dump into a permissive path and all three bridges have been rebuilt.
  • The overgrown Gorse Field has been transformed into an environmental delight which has gained Local Wildlife Site designation.
  • Consolidated archaeological excavations of Victorian coal mining buildings in the Califat Spinney and hosts one of only seven Newcomen boilers in the world.
  • Part of the Snibston No 3 coal mine


We have also created the Swannington Archive of documents and photographs as part of our gaining museum accreditation with Arts Council England.