Your Day at the Museum
As well as the Underground Experience and workshops, there are galleries, exhibitions, original pit buildings and a Nature Trail to explore, which will keep your pupils engaged for the whole day.
We recommend that you allow 1 hour – 1 hour 30mins to explore our buildings and galleries. Use our Teacher Gallery Guide to help you explore our site.
Original pit buildings
Our historic Caphouse site dates back to the 1790s and many of the original pit buildings are open for you to explore.Sights, sounds and smells combine to give each original pit building its own unique atmosphere.
Galleries and exhibitions
Our galleries and exhibition spaces show the history of coal mining and get to the heart of mining communities, homes and families.
Nature Trail, Reed beds & Hope Pit
Talks and Demonstrations
These informal talks are free but do need to be booked in advance. Please indicate on your booking form if you would like to book one.
- Visit the stable yard and listen to our horsekeepers tell you about the working lives of pit ponies.
- Available daily at 11.30 and 13.30
- Duration: 15 minutes
Steam winder demonstration
- See an original Victorian steam winding engine in action at the Steam Winding Engine House
- Available daily
- Duration: 10 minutes
Science Explorer Trails
These self-guided explorer trails challenge pupils to follow clues and complete activities, which show how science is applied in everyday life at the Museum and in the mining industry. If you would like to book a Science Explorer Trail please indicate this on your booking form.
- Available: Monday- Friday
- Cost: £10 per booking
- Duration: each trail takes about 45 minutes to complete
Subject focus: Science (The Earth and beyond)
Why is gravel used on locomotive tracks? Why have the steps eroded? This trail challenges pupils to find and investigate rock samples in situ around the site. You can book this to complement a Rocks and Fossils workshop.
The Rocks Trail and Teachers’ Notes can be downloaded here:
Subject focus: Science (Materials and their properties)
Why is steel used for making horseshoes? What are the tiles in the Pithead Baths made from? This trail challenges pupils to investigate materials used in the mining industry and around the Museum.
The Materials Trail and Teachers’ Notes can be downloaded here
Subject focus: Science (Living things in their environment)
Based on the Museum’s Nature Trail, pupils explore and observe different habitats and learn about life processes, feeding relationships and classification.
The Habitats Trail and Teachers’ Notes a can be downloaded here
Contact the education team
If you have any questions about any aspect of learning at the Museum or if you would like to arrange a preliminary visit, email the education team here: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01924 848806 and ask to speak to a member of staff.