New underground tours at the National Coal Mining Museum

Date Posted: 10/08/2013

The National Coal Mining Museum in Yorkshire has launched a series of new tours suitable for school visits, which include meeting a miner, seeing displays underground and discovering the conserved furnace shaft.

Underground history and machinery in action

The new tours were opened in July by Princess Anne as part of a four year ‘Making Sense of Mining’ project which has enabled the museum to conserve its historic furnace shaft and extend its underground tour.

The below-ground area has been extended by 150-metres, and school groups taking part in the new tour can see an underground stable area and classroom, as well as new displays on geology and lighting plus the chance to see working machinery in action.

Art workshops and craft fairs

The opening day also marked the start of a summer of celebration for the museum’s 25th anniversary, with events running until the end of August.

Students can enjoy creating works of art during free craft sessions in the Learning Curve from 1pm to 4pm, Monday to Friday, and take part in arty picnics. There is also a reserved daily time slot running from 11am until 11.45am, which can be booked as a dedicated craft workshop for larger school groups.

You can also visit craft and gift fairs which take place throughout the year, boasting over 40 stalls of gift ideas for groups to browse and buy.

School visit information

Teachers can opt for a free familiarisation trip prior to taking your class to the museum.

You can also choose from a number of tailored talks, tours and demonstrations for pre-booked school visits.

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