The Museum holds a valuable research resource that details England's coal mining history. The resources are held by the Library and Collections Teams. The Library looks after published material, books and journals in the main and the Collections team look after art, photography, social history ephemera and objects, plus industrial artefacts and machinery.
We answer enquiries about England’s coal mining history from all over the world. Your enquiry might be answered by our library team or one of our curators, often both; a large number of our staff have also been employed in the mining industry and often assist, having worked at ‘the coal face’.
The Museum is open every day of the year except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, with highlights of the collection always on public display. If you’re visiting us for general research, to find specific information or access off-display collections we always advise that you contact us before planning a visit, particularly if travelling long distances, to avoid disapointment. To make an appointment with a curator please click one of the following subjects: Tools of the Trade, Lives & Voices and Paintings and Pictures.
You do not need to book an appointment to visit the Library, during Library opening hours