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  • We're Finalists in Welcome to Yorkshire's White Rose Awards

    We are thrilled that we have been short listed as a finalist in Welcome to Yorkshire's White Rose Awards for large visitor attraction of the year. Fingers crossed - results announced in the autumn so we'll keep you posted!

  • Museums Change Lives - volunteer today!

    If you fancy volunteering but may not be able to commit long term, we have some opportunities this summer that might just be up your street.  Read our latest blog from Sandra, our Under 5s storytellig and Experience volunteer here

  • Courage, Camaraderie & Community

    Our family friendly summer exhibition is now open!. Courage, Camaraderie & Community celebrates and remembers coal mining and its communities. As part of the exhibition local heritage groups will profile their own community led projects that commemorate an aspect of mining heritage. See which project we've got in this week here. The Barnsley U3A creative writing team have extended an invitation to all aspiring poets to contribute to their display. Click here for more information.

  • Wacky Wednesdays!

    Don't forget that our Wacky Wednesday activities for under-5s are running again every Wednesday during term time from 10 Sept - 22 Oct and then throughout term times 2014-2015.  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


  • All weather activities

    We have some great events and activities to keep you busy, whatever the weather. 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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