Miners have always had to battle against the dark. Use these resources to find out about the different light sources used by miners underground and the invention of the flame safety lamp.
Play this game to explore how light travels
These film clips show miners using different light sources underground
Electricity was an important power source underground.
Use these downloadable factsheets and worksheets to find out how electricity was used in mining.
Use these resources to find out how coal was formed and its properties.
Go to our image bank to see pictures of rock and fossil samples and to see different rocks in use around the Museum site.
Play this interactive game to explore how coal was formed
Mining machinery in action
See our line shafting machinery in action. This piece of machinery enabled lots of men to work using just one source of power. How many different mechanisms can you spot?
Download the factsheets and learn about how workers, tools, machines and materials all need to be transported in and out, as well as the coal that has been mined.
Plus learn about how progression in techn ological advances meant coal was mined more efficiently, the different types of transport used underground and how the mining roof was supported.
How are different materials used in mining?
Watch our Blacksmih at work in the forge. What happens to the metal he is working with?
Habitats and Environment
Use the factsheets to find out about creatures that once lived down a mine.
Find out out how coal mining continues to affect the environment today by watching our video with Hector the Heron.