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Dukes Wood Oil Museum

Kelham Hall, Main Road, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG23 5QX
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Dukes Wood Oil Field Museum, Nottingham

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Duke's Wood Oil Museum, with its artefacts from the first British oilfield has moved to Kelham Hall. Duke's Wood nature reserve remains open.

The museum contains many artifacts and pictures dealing with the story of UK Oil fields both offshore and onshore and the triumphs and the tragedies of the people who discovered and produced Oil and Gas sometimes in times of great national need. Various aspects of the Oil Industry can be viewed on the site from real core and oil samples to photographs of the men who were involved in the UK sector and abroad. Comprehensive information on all aspects of oil exploration and production can be found here. Also there are also a collection of Video shows to watch.

Visiting Dukes Wood Nature Reserve (Kirklington, Newark NG22 0DR)

Dukes Wood reserve is a marvellous example of cooperation between the Oil industry and the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. It combines an area of ancient and secondary woodland with what was the site of the UK’s first oilfield. Some of the ‘nodding donkey’ pumps have been restored and can be seen on the trail. On the nature trial you'll find the bronze statue of the The Oil Patch Warrior, commemorating the American 'Roughnecks of Sherwood Forest'. The wood, on a ridge of high ground, is dominated by oak, ash, hazel and birch. The shrub layer also contains guelder rose (flowering white with shiny red poisonous berries), dogwood (flowering white, black berries) and wild privet (white blossom, shiny black berries) - species that thrive in the limy soil. The area contains many species of wild orchid and also is the habitat of the rare Vetch Nissola (found only in one other location in the UK). There are usually a good many spring and early summer flowers - bluebell, primrose, wood anemone, yellow archangel among them - no less than twenty four species of butterfly have been found at Dukes Wood. Among the songbirds you may hear the Nightingale and Pipistrelle Bats have been seen roosting in the Museum.

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Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

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  • In countryside

Opening Times

Opening Times (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)

* The reserve is open at all times. Parties and school parties are particularly welcome. Bookings should be made through this website or through the telephone numbers listed below.

Dukes Wood Oil Museum - 01623 882446
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust - 0115 9588242

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