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  • Courage, Camaraderie & Community

    Our family friendly summer exhibition, Courage, Camaraderie & Community (opens 2 June) will celebrate and remember coal mining and its communities.  As part of the exhibition we are interested in hearing from people, groups and societies who have come together and worked on a community mining project as a result of growing up within a mining community.  Does your community keep the memory of coal mining alive in a special way?  if so, then we'd love to hear from you. Contact or telephone 01924 848806, ext 525. Click here for more info.

  • Get involved in our focus groups and receive free vouchers and NCM goody bags

    Taking place between April - June, The Museum will be hosting a series of focus groups to hear visitors' thoughts of the Museum. This is a great chance to have your say and tells us about your museum visits. We want visitors young and old, families and children, NCM visitors and those who have never been before - plus if you have coal mining history, we want you too! 

    All those who join up to a group will receive a free meal during your visit, plus adults will receive a £10 Amazon voucher and children will receive an NCM goody bag. To sign up to a group please email In the meantime please click here for more details.

  • Brian Elliott book launch

    On 18 June the museum will host the launch of Brian Elliott's book "Tracing your coal mining ancestors". Brian is a Barnsley born author who has written over 30 books on family and local history. To book your place at the launch, please rsvp to In the meantime, click here to watch and listen to an interview with Brian on how and why he chose to write the book.

  • It's a great year to volunteer!

    Volunteering at the National Coal Mining Museum for England can make you feel valued! The friendly staff recognise your achievements and limitations and help you fully integrate yourself to working life at the Museum. With exhibitions, education activities and library research, there's lots of variety and opportunities to muck in. And best of all, you get to meet all the visitors that come through the door!

    Teresa, one of our volunteers writes "I had been poorly for nearly ten years after quite a good career in teaching...."  click here to read her full story.

  • Special exhibition: Pit Profiles: Re-profiled

    10 February - 11 May 2014

    A special exhibition of Anton Want's photographs and conversations with Kellingley Colliery workers in 2011, and portraits by the original '40s Pit Profile series creator H.Andrew Freeth.

  • Wacky Wednesdays!

    Don't forget that our Wacky Wednesday activities for under-5s are running again every Wednesday during term time from 30 April 2014.  Sessions will combine storytelling, singing and craft activities.

    Every Wednesday throughout term time from 10.15am - 11.00am - FREEBring your little ones on Wednesday mornings for some great fun. 

    click here for details


  • Spring and Summer adventures

    Spring is upon us and we have some great events and activities to keep you busy. Choose from our Wacky Wednesdays free activities for under 5s, craft & gift fairs and a walk through our lovely nature trail to name but a few. The adventure starts here...


  • Craft and Gift Fairs

    Once a month the Museum is home to a fantastic craft fair, with over 40 stalls selling quality gifts, jewellery and handmade crafts, these mini events are not to be missed.

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Underground Tours- new features added


Get kitted out with your hard hat and battery lamp, then descend 140m underground to discover the harsh realities of coal mining through the centuries....

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Digitised Coal Magazine

Extract from Coal magazine, front cover May 1950

Discover how this mid-twentieth century publication provided an entertaining link between the coalfields, mineworkers and their families...

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All Weather Adventure

Enjoy a unique adventure, whatever the weather. Underground, indoor or outdoor - there's plenty for everyone to see and do.

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Dig deep & donate your free time...

The Museum has a number of diverse volunteer roles for both skilled and enthusiastic individuals - view our latest vacancies.

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