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Heritage Open Days @ Pit

About the event

Join us for a free behind the scenes guided tour of the coal screens.

Tours at 10:30am, 12:30pm, 14:30pm.

The National Coal Mining Museum for England will once again allow access to visitors to see inside the Coal Screens Building – a rare survivor of what was a very common structure across the English coalfields.

The Heritage Open Days allow public access to specific restricted areas of museums and cultural sites throughout the UK, and the tour of the Screens Building by a former miner will allow visitors to enjoy and experience a fascinating ‘behind the scenes’ look into the museum.

Additional family-friendly activities

Both weekends:
Linking with the Heritage Open Days theme of Extraordinary Women you can meet the Pit Brow Lasses. These working women would have worked long days on the surface of the coalmine in the 19th century coal screens, sorting coal.

Sun 16th September Poster workshop for families

15th & 16th September Rag Rugging demonstrations

The Screens Building, which was used to sort the coal from the waste rock and debris, dates from around 1904. The building received tubs of coal from the landing, which were then moved to the top of the screening plant and emptied, before returning to the cages to go underground to be refilled. The plant itself was - and still is - effectively a series of very large sieves that sorted the coal into different sizes that would initially have been loaded into railway wagons on the colliery’s own private railway but were later transported by lorry when the railway closed in 1942.

Please note access is restricted:

The Screens Building can only be accessed via a number of steep, narrow metal walkways, and the Museum therefore regrets that there is no wheelchair or pram access to this building. The Museum otherwise has excellent access facilities, and wheelchair access can be granted on the underground tour with prior notice.

Please book your free places on 01924 848806 or ask at reception upon arrival.

Please click on the link under Further Information for more details.


National Coal Mining Museum

Caphouse Colliery New Road, Overton, Wakefield, WF4 4RH

01924 848806

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Learning and interest Events related to education and careers, as well as learning for fun. Also, talks, guided walks, and events of historical or other interest.

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