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Hulababy · 18/01/2005 11:54
No idea of near London, but Magna in South Yorkshire is based in an old steel works, and has a demo model of what it's like when it was working. Lots of their exhibitions and activites are based round dteel works too. Well worth a visit if you are ever up north!
Marina · 18/01/2005 12:04
This is a poser, expatkat, London is no longer much of a centre for showcase manufacturing.
This website suggests Welmar Pianos in S London might be willing to have visitors...they are the only London firm listed!
Ds enjoyed his trip round the Westons Cider mill and bottling plant in Much Marcle, Herefordshire, last summer - children welcome and a VERY nice area for a weekend away...
Marina · 18/01/2005 12:07
And actually, although it is not a factory, Crossness Sewage Works in Erith, London, has a magnificent restored steam pump engine house that runs every month or so and is very popular with industrial heritage fanciers...let me know if you are interested, I can get details of the next "steam day" from the local paper. (My grandpa was the gardener for the sewage works' magnificent formal front gardens in the 1950s...)
Chandra · 18/01/2005 13:19
Eureka in Halifax, Yorkshire has an assembly line in which children can participate in the production process. This children museum is right on the side of Halifax's train station and well worth a visit.
I'm sure I have seen somethin similar in London in my pre-baby times... so I don't remeber wuite well where...
binkie · 19/01/2005 10:03
US TOO US TOO (ds is also 5)
Closest I've been able to think of: when I can get a Weds off work we are going to do the tour of the Poilane bakery - age 5 is the minimum they allow, and you have to books weeks ahead, I hear.
Far further away from London, but so fantastically exciting: you can do tours of the Airbus factory in Toulouse - we organised it once but couldn't get there because our sleeper train ran late
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