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National Coal Mining Museum for England

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  1. From August 5th 2020 the Mining Museum is open for an Overground Experience Wednesdays to Sundays but pre booking is essential.

    All visitors to the museum will need to pre-book a slot for up to 8 people in their bubble. Entry is free. There is a £2.10 booking charge.

    (Please check under 'Your Visit' on our website for latest situation - visitors are encouraged to return at a later date to experience the Underground Tours, Adventure Playground, Soft Play Area, Nature Trail, Hope Pit and the Library, when we can make them available again.)

    Explore Caphouse, a modern colliery which witnessed more than two hundred years of coal production.

    • Hear stories directly from former-miners about their careers and understand the roles men, women, children, animals and machinery played in the operation of the mine.

    • Visit the Technology Gallery and see some of the tools of the trade to discover how miners overcame the challenges of working underground including a new permanent exhibition “A Light in the Darkness” which looks at the contribution that Sir Humphry Davy and others made in the lamp’s evolution.

    • In the Victorian Gallery you can understand how difficult mining was in the 19th century and why they realised it wasn’t appropriate to have children working underground.

    • See our historic steam-winding engine which pulled miners and coal from 140m underground before taking a trip to the stables to meet our horse and ponies.

    • Find out where miners would start and end their days and how they would get paid in the Pithead Baths.

    • In Mining Lives you can find out about the people and communities at the heart of the industry. Our new special exhibition “Drawn from the Pits”, exploring how working in the mine influenced the work of a group of eminent mining artists.

    Facilities Include:

    Under 5s play area, Little Diggers

    Nature Trail

    Free on-site parking

    Baby changing facilities

    Disabled toilets

    Picnic site

    Disabled access

    Coach parking

    Shop

    Café


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National Coal Mining Museum

Caphouse Colliery New Road, Overton, Wakefield WF4 4RH

01924 848806

Organisation last updated

  1. 03 August 2020

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  • Santa @ Pit , various dates starting on Saturday 5 December 2020

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  1. National Coal Mining Museum for England, Caphouse Colliery, New Road, Overton, Wakefield, WF4 4RH
    1. All key services are accessible. Wheelchair access
    2. Wheelchair access needs to be arranged in advance -  please contact the venue for further details. Wheelchair access - by arrangement
    3. Either, there are specially marked parking spaces for disabled people, or disabled people can park within 50 metres of an accessible entrance. Disabled parking
    4. There is a toilet which can be accessed by people with disabilities including wheelchair users. This means that it complies with the standards set out in Part M of the Building Regulations,'Access to and use of buildings. Fully accessible toilet
    Wheelchair access is possible above ground, but should be arranged in advance to go underground.

History

  1. Caphouse Colliery opened as the Yorkshire Mining Museum in June 1988. The Museum underwent a great deal of development over the next 7 years before the Museum was relaunched as the National Coal Mining Museum for England in June 1995.

    Since this point the Museum has seen further developments including the opening of Hope Pit and a number of interactive exhibitions.

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