The Gasworks Sudbury was built around 1874, designed by George Devey, an architect known for his work on English country houses. From the building, gas was produced for Sudbury Hall and many houses in the village.

The Gasworks was dismantled in the 1930s and quickly fell into disrepair. Local volunteers formed Sudbury Gasworks Restoration Trust in 2014 to save the building, and in 2019 the project was awarded a £1.59m grant by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The Derbyshire Grade II listed building, once named a Building at Risk by Derbyshire Historic Building Trust, has now been fully restored and was opened to the public in April 2023. The building includes a heritage area for visitors and can be hired for events of up to 120 people.

To find out more, about the building visit our heritage space during special events and openings throughout the year. Click on the images below to explore the restoration of The Gasworks further.

We also have a dedicated team of volunteers who document the social, economic and industrial history of Sudbury Parish, and develop our temporary exhibition programme. Please get in touch if you would like to share research or join the history group. Click the link below to explore the Local History Blog run by volunteers.