Exhibition:Mining Lives Gallery at National Coal Mining Museum for England

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Exhibition, free entry

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Mining Lives

Mining Lives

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Details

Following the government’s announcement that all museums must close from 5 November 2020, the National Coal Mining Museum will now be closed reopening Thursday 3 December 2020, pending further updates.

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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

Following the government’s announcement that all museums must close from 5 November 2020, the National Coal Mining Museum will now be closed reopening Thursday 3 December 2020, pending further updates.

Prices

Free entry

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

Following the government’s announcement that all museums must close from 5 November 2020, the National Coal Mining Museum will now be closed reopening Thursday 3 December 2020, pending further updates.

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