Find out more about the historic collections held by the Museum and how you can access them, either by visiting us or from afar using our online resources


The catalogues allow you to search through the Museum's collection, which records and portrays the history of the English coalfields, along with supporting material that is also relevant to coal mining internationally.

Artefacts & Images

Learn more about the Tools Of The Trade, from small gas detectors to large industrial machines, which were used both above and below ground in the coal mining industry. The Museum’s social history collection details the Lives and Voices of miners including leisure time, personal items and home & community life, as well as the more human resource aspects of the industry such as trade unions, pit management, health & safety and disasters. Paintings and Pictures within the collection illustrate the coal mining industry and mining communities and is a combination of works by professional artists and photograhers and artists who were themselves miners.

The Library

You can access the library pages, which include what we do and how you can use the Library. You can also search the library catalogue and see what we have in the library.

Click here to see a short film about the role of the Library, it's collections and the Library's diverse range of visitors. 

Research and Access

If you have an enquiry or wish to make an appointment to undertake your own research please e-mail

Special Exhibitions

We hold exhibitions throughout the year on all sorts of subjects related to coalmining, see What's On for further details.

Giving to the Collections

We collect material relating to the English coalfields, if you own something you think we may be interested in acquiring we would be pleased to here from you. The best way to do this is by following the 'How-To' guide on our Giving to the Collections page.

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