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.

Details of more than 20,000 publications held in our Library, including books, manufacturer's documentation and material produced by the National Coal Board & British Coal, can be searched. For further details and search tips about the Library catalogue click here.


The Museum's collection of mining equipment, social history, photgraphy etc. currently stands in the region of 200,000 items, a growing proportion of which are now available on our online catalogue. For a broad description of the material we collect click on tools of the tradelives and voices or paintings and pictures and for more general information about the catalogue click here.


There are also significant collections which have not yet been added to our online catalogue but for which there are downloadable lists, please click here for futher details. If there is something you are looking for that you can't find here please do contact us, we may still be able to help you.

Alterntively if you would like to browse the catalogues to see what sort of material we hold just choose one of the following themes.

Accident & Recovery Geology Colliery Professions
Health, Safety & Welfare Lighting Mining Art & Culture
Production & Machinery Social History Training & Education
Transport & Communication Unions & Societies


Restrictions on Use

There are some restrictions on how the information on the collections website can be used, so please refer to our Terms of Access and Copyright terms for further information (by using this online collections website you are deemed to have read and understood the terms & conditions of the NCMME and agree to abide by them).

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