The Gasworks Sudbury was built around 1874. Designed by George Devey, an architect known for his work on English country houses, it produced gas for Sudbury Hall and many houses in the village. The Gasworks was dismantled in the 1930s and quickly fell into disrepair. The Derbyshire Grade II listed building, once named a Building at Risk by Derbyshire Historic Building Trust, has now been restored.

Drop-in Heritage Space

You can learn more about The Gasworks by visiting our heritage drop in space, open to the public on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10am-3pm.

Please check ahead of your visit to see if the building is closed for a private booking.

Educational Visits

At The Gasworks we offer a wide range of learning opportunities to people of all ages and abilities. We want to deliver learning in an environment that is fun, accessible and friendly, using our amazing historical space to create memorable experiences.

We offer an education programme for foundation, KS1, KS2 and KS3, home educated groups, other educational and social groups.

Our activities have been tailored around the National Curriculum but more importantly, allow children to have fun whilst learning. We are keen to develop STEAM based activities, based upon our ‘Gasworks’ and local history.

Site tours and activities for educational visits can be booked to take place on weekdays (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday).

Curriculum Coverage

A guided visit to The Gasworks includes but is not limited to the following areas. Please let us know when booking if you would like to cover a particular area.


  • Houses and Homes
  • Local History: How has our village changed? Changes within living memory and beyond
  • Historical events, people and places in their own locality
  • Industry and Empire in Britain, up to 1901.
  • Social, cultural and technological change in post-war British society (after 1901)


  • Exploring everyday materials and their properties
  • What is gas? Working scientifically and recording findings
  • States of matter – how do materials change state?
  • Experimental skills and investigations
  • Chemical reactions and energy transfer.

Art and Design:

  • Drawing, painting and sculpture to develop ideas and imagination
  • Exploring colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.
  • Exploring architecture and designers in history and making links to their own work.

Session Costs

Our fully facilitated guided sessions are charged at £5+VAT per child attending.

Our self-guided sessions are charged at £2.50+VAT per child attending.

You will have exclusive use of the building during your visit.

Proceeds from the education sessions will go back into maintaining our historic building and providing activities for the community which support health, wellbeing and tackle rural isolation.


Fill out the form below to enquire about booking your educational visit to The Gasworks. A member of the team will be in torch shortly.