Exhibition:A Light in the Darkness at National Coal Mining Museum for England

  • Visit Britain Good to go
  • VistEngland VAQAS
  • White Rose Award Winner

Exhibition, next open Tue 18 Aug 2020 - Sat 31 Aug 2030, free entry

WRA WINNER 2007 VAQAS, VISIT BRITAIN GOOD TO GO

A Light In The Darkness

A Light In The Darkness

We are working hard to keep information on this website up to date but things are changing rapidly. Please check individual venue websites before travelling.

Details

Prior to the invention of the flame safety lamp miners lived in fear of the presence of gasses, undetectable to the human senses but highly flammable and in some cases explosive when they came in contact with their candles- which they needed for light. The flame-safety lamp was revolutionary in underground lighting as it not only provided illumination but also helped miners detect explosive gasses in the environment before they became problematic.

Work your way through a series of experiments and audio-visual displays to understand the problems that scientists like Sir Humphry Davy, George Stephenson and Dr William Reid Clanny addressed to create the basic structure for the lamp, which went on to be used as a template across the world for mining lamps.

Learn the story of the lamp and see how the lamp has evolved over time’ Admire some of the museums unique collection of Flame Safety Lamps and hear the stories of people who have made, used and collected the lamp.

The museum has explored and interpreted the life of Sir Humphry Davy, who is widely credited with the invention of the Flame Safety Lamp, in the context of ‘History Makers- People Who Shaped Our World’ thanks to a £81.987 grant from AIM Biffa Award.

The History Makers scheme funds museums to create new exhibitions that will inspire the public through the lives and achievements of extraordinary, historical figures. The scheme is managed by the Association of Independent Museums (AIM) and Biffa Award, a multi million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to communities and environmental projects across the UK as part of the Landfill Communities Fund.

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 Illumination Gallery Opening 5 August 2020

Opening details

Season Dates Opening Hours
Tue 18 Aug 2020 - Sat 31 Aug 2030 Wed - Sun 10:00 to 17:00
10-5 Wednesday - Sunday

Prices

Free entry

FREE £2.10 per group booking fee

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 Illumination Gallery Opening 5 August 2020

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • YesDesignated parking provided for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • Surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance is:
    • YesSolid ie tarmac / concrete etc
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • Route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesFlat (ie without steps)

Dining

  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to restaurant / cafe
  • YesLevel access (ie no steps or thresholds), or access by ramp or lift to the toilets
  • YesLevel access (ie no steps or thresholds) or access by ramp to a specially adapted toilet for wheelchair users
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesRestaurant / café well lit and suitable for people with sight impairments
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu
  • YesAudible alarm system

Entrance

  • YesEntrance is well lit
  • YesAutomatic door at the main entrance