Clifton Park Museum
Built in 1783, Clifton House was once home to the Walker family until it became a museum in 1893. Explore the galleries to discover Rotherham’s local history through themed exhibitions, from pre-history to within living memory. Clifton Park was originally laid out as the private grounds of Clifton House in 1783 and opened as a public park in 1891.
Boston Castle was built as a hunting lodge by the Earl of Effingham in 1775. It acquired the name Boston Castle to commemorate the Boston Tea Party and stands on one of the highest points in Rotherham. Boston Park was Rotherham’s first public park and was opened on the 4th July 1876 to mark the centenary of American Independence. It covers just over eight hectares.
'Creative Kilns, Columns and Cones' Learning Pack
Outdoor learning provides us with the opportunity to explore the world around us and the hidden stories of our localities in ways which are creative, curious and fun. Our sites at Catcliffe Glass Cone, Keppel’s Column and Waterloo Kiln offer unique environments for teachers to explore creative learning outside.
This pack is designed to support teachers in planning self-guided visits to these local heritage sites. Our specially-designed creative activities link to different areas of the curriculum and are organised into five themes; Creative Expression, Collaboration, Experimentation, Exploration and Mindfulness.
Some of the activities can be done at any of our sites and others are tailored specifically for one site, perhaps drawing upon the particular architecture of the monument or the landscape it is set in. The pack is free to download.
Catcliffe Glass Cone
Catcliffe Glass Cone is highly significant in relation to the development of the glass industry in South Yorkshire. It dates from 1740 and remained in use until 1884, with a period of use c.1900-1. It is the earliest surviving example of its type in Western Europe; one of only six glass cones in the UK.
Keppel’s Column was built between 1773 and 1780 and is situated on a prominent hill in Scholes, overlooking Wentworth Woodhouse. Charles Wentworth 2nd Marquis of Rockingham commissioned the architect John Carr to build the monument to further enhance the landscape of the Wentworth estate, and celebrate the acquittal of Admiral Keppel
Waterloo Kiln is believed to be the only surviving nineteenth century pottery kiln in Yorkshire. It is one of the few places in the country representing the development from coarse earthenwares for the local market, to fine porcelain and pottery for export. The pottery operated from 1745 to 1842; most significantly it operated as the internationally famous Rockingham Works from 1826.