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The National Coal Mining Museum

Journey 140m underground with a charismatic former coal miner learning how roles and society have evolved. Combine it with workshops or activities where you can meet characters from the past, be creative and curious, find out about your local history, handle objects, solve scientific problems and see science in action.

Fuel learning across the curriculum with a visit to the National Coal Mining Museum. Journey 140m underground with a former coal miner and combine it with your choice of workshops and/or self -led activities to create a powerful learning experience they will never forget. Your pupils will:

•             investigate their local history
•             find out about coal mining through time
•             solve a scientific problem and see science in action
•             handle objects
•             be creative and curious
•             enjoy the great outdoors

Underground Tours £2 per person
Journey 140m underground with a former coal miner to understand how job roles have changed through time in one of our interactive mine tours:

Meet a Miner Tour
Explore mining history chronologically from the 1840s when children worked underground through mechanisation to present day.

Hands On Tour
Try out roles in the stables and mine, learn how lighting evolved and understand the geology.

History Workshops £30 per workshop (17 pupils per session)
Understand the impact of mining has had on society and how it has evolved over time. Combine these workshops with an underground tour to make the most out of your day.

Sally/Sam Fletcher (KS1, KS2)
Meet Sam or Sally Fletcher to as they take you on a journey to explore life working underground for Victorian women and children.

Aunty Brenda’s Pit Village Past (KS1, KS2)
Meet Aunty Brenda in her 1972 backyard and hear her stories of living in a mining community, handle objects and see artwork.

Dig Deeper (KS2)
Work with one of the miners to take apart an interactive model of Caphouse colliery and handle objects to understand how mining has changed in the last century.

Science Workshops £30 per workshop (17 pupils per session)
Understand the impact of science on mining or get a better understanding of the geology of mining. Combine these workshops with an underground tour to make the most out of your day.

Rocks and Fossils (KS2)
Find out what coal is, how it was formed and what fossils look like in a hands-on workshop where pupils will investigate rocks and create a fossil to take home.

Science Show (KS2)
Find out how inventions by Sir Humphry Davy and George Stephenson helped to save lives in our explosive Science Show exploring light, gas and the invention of the flame-safety lamp.

Science Explorer Trails
Explore rocks or habitats using our self-led Science Explorer Trails which can be booked in advance for £10.

Immersive Days £150 (34 pupils per session)

Be a Victorian Child Miner (KS2)
Spend the day as Victorian child miners where you will do role play, creative writing, singing and a science challenge.

First Day at Pit (KS2)
Dress up and find out if your pupils have the right skills to be a trainee miner as they complete mining tasks in a special, hands-on underground tour.

Also make time to visit:

•    The galleries and buildings
•    The horse and pit ponies
•    Pit Wood and Reed Beds
•    Adventure playground

FREE Loan Boxes, parking, access to library, grounds and museum



Disabled Access, Disabled Toilets, Facilities for Hearing Impaired, Facilities for Visually Impaired, Guide Dogs Welcome, On Site Parking


Conference Facilities, Pre visit Available, Risk Assessment Available,


Cafe, Picnic Site, Shop, Toilets,


Covid Review

01942 848806

Opening Hours

10am – 5pm last tour 2:30pm


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New Road, Overton, Wakefield , WF4 6EU

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