image for Exhibition item typeMining Lives Gallery at National Coal Mining Museum for England

  • VistEngland VAQAS
  • White Rose Award Winner

Exhibition, next open Wed 24 Apr 2019 - Sat 25 Apr 2020, free entry

WRA WINNER 2007 VAQAS

Meet a Miner

Meet a Miner

Details

Celebrate how coal has shaped the last 300 million years on earth. Explore how the coal industry went from employing more than a million people, a hundred years ago, which is roughly the size of the NHS, to none in 2016. Understand how the people who worked in the industry changed over time from women and children to Bevin Boys who were conscripted during Word War II and immigrants.

Learn how miners tackled challenges at work from wearing smoke helmets that looked like Darth Vader’s mask and breeding canaries to fighting for better work conditions. How Madonna was used to boost moral during the mine closures.

Imagine their leisure time with community Gala Days, bands, beauty pageants and community trips to the seaside. See how women shaped the miners lives from managing their home lives to assuming roles as political activists and taking up roles on the pit brow.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDisabled accessSmoking not allowed

NEW Adventure Playground and Mining Lives gallery

Opening details

Season Dates Opening Hours
Wed 24 Apr 2019 - Sat 25 Apr 2020 Mon - Sun 10:00 to 17:00

Prices

Free entry

Location

Directions

See location of National Coal Mining Museum for England on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SE 252164  Lat: 53.64376 Long: -1.61925

By Road:
Leave the M1 at jct 40 (A638) towards Wakefield, take the 1st right after the traffic lights (Broadway). The Malt Shovel pub will be on your right. At the end of Broadway turn right onto the A642 to Horbury and Huddersfield.

By Public Transport:
Nearest train station: Wakefield Westgate Railway Station
Nearest bus station: Wakefield Bus Station
Bus Route: Yorkshire Traction Bus 232 from Wakefield Bus Station. Drops off outside the Reindeer Inn.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 6 miles from Wakefield or Huddersfield station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

NEW Adventure Playground and Mining Lives gallery