Discover the world of mining with free family activities at the National Coal Mining Museum for England this Half Term.

Visit the National Coal Mining Museum for England this half term and explore the world of mining with a jam-packed schedule of FREE family events from 16 – 20 February 2015.

Visitors can drop in from 1pm-4pm and get creative as we delve into a whole host of activities inspired by our new exhibition The Pit at the End of the Road.  Bring your family, junk-modelling skills and your memories of childhoods, and find out where today’s grandparents used to live and the games they used to play. The museum’s new living history character, Brenda Ackroyd will also be around to share her memories and stories of growing up and living in a pit village.

If staying above surface level isn’t enough to draw you in, dig deep and discover your inner miner on one of our fascinating interactive tours – 140m underground! Led by a team of lively former-miner guides, the tour unveils the harsh realities of coal mining through the years.

Take a wander around the special exhibition The Pit at the End of the road by Michael Milner as he portrays his own personal memories of the mining industry through a nostalgic collection of portraits. Accompanied by a unique soundscape to reignite your own mining memories, children can also have a go at some rag rugging. 

In another of our powerful exhibitions, the FREE screening of The Battle for Orgreave by award-winning film-maker Yvette Vanson will take place at 13:30pm on 28 February as part of her current exhibition Miners, which pays tribute to the 30th anniversary or the Great Strike. 

Exploring the vast adventures of the museum can be hungry work, something that our brand new café caterers, Asparagus Green have got covered. Serving everything from hearty breakfasts to deliciously homemade cakes, it’s the perfect supplement to a busy day at the museum. The café will be open from 9am- 4.30pm throughout half term.

For information about the Museum and February events, visit www.ncm.org.uk or call 01924 848806.

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