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Are you seeking new ways to engage and inspire your pupils? Do you want them to experience high-quality learning outside the classroom?

A visit to the National Coal Mining Museum offers pupils a unique opportunity to experience at first hand what life was like at the coal-face and to find out about the communities that grew up around the industry.

There are several areas of the Museum to explore, each providing a creative stimulus and context for learning across many different curriculum areas.

  • Take the Underground Tour. With a coal miner as their guide, pupils ride the cage 140 metres underground to visit authentic pit workings.
  • See original colliery buildings that are open to the public. Sights, sounds and smells combine to give each building its own unique atmosphere.
  • Visit our galleries and exhibition spaces, which show the history of coal-mining and coal-mining communities in England and provide an exciting learning experience with interactive audio-visual displays. Look out for Special Exhibitions in the Special Exhibition Space.
  • Take a trip to see Hope Pit, where original colliery buildings have been re-displayed to demonstrate some of the science and engineering of mining.
  • Explore the half-mile Nature Trail around the colliery site through mature, mixed woodland. The trail finishes at Hope Pit, where an innovative system of reed beds and settling ponds cleans the dirty water pumped from underground.

To find out more about the range of activities we offer that have been specifically designed to meet the various needs of formal learners, download our Schools Programme from the document list on the right.

Alternatively use the navigation bar at the top or click the links here to find out more about our offer for Primary Schools, Secondary Schools or for Adult or Community Groups.  You can also find out more about our Events for Teachers.

Email the education team

If you wish to get involved with any of these activities, or would like to contact the team regarding any other aspect of learning at the National Coal Mining Museum for England, email the team at:, or phone 01924 848806 and ask to speak to a member of the team.

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