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Dukes Wood Oil Museum

Kelham Hall
Main Road
Newark
Nottinghamshire
NG23 5QX

Tel: 01623 882446

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Dukes Wood Oil Museum

Duke's Wood Oil Museum, with its artefacts from the first British oilfield is moving to a room in Kelham Hall, and will reopen to the public in the near future. In the meantime, check our website for updates, or contact Kevin Topham for further information. Duke's Wood reserve remains open.

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.

What you can view in the Museum
Artefacts from 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.

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