Miner to Major: The National Coal Mining Museum for England team up with Wakefield Music Hub and Cape UK to deliver unique music and art workshops underground

The Education Team at The National Coal Mining Museum for England have teamed up with Wakefield Music Hub and Cape UK to deliver an innovative Arts Award music and art project for pupils from local schools on 15 and 16 June. This partnership project focuses on the theme of journeys and transitions, and is aimed at Year 6 and 7 pupils from schools in Horbury, Netherton and Middlestown.

Year 6 pupils from the schools will spend two days immersed in coal mining heritage and music activities, including a music session underground, mining machine junk percussion and a digital music workshop using ipads. Pupils will also explore the Museum collections and take part in role play activities to inspire a ukulele song writing session. The project will culminate with a performance at the Museum on Thursday 16 June at 2.30pm.

This partnership project has been created to develop music skills in a museum setting and also to support pupils’ transition into secondary school. Pupils taking part in the two-day programme will be working towards Arts Award Discovery with the children receiving certificates and recognition at the end of the workshops. The Music Leaders will comprise of Year 7 pupils from Horbury Academy who will perform alongside Year 6 pupils from four local schools: Netherton Primary School, Horbury Primary School, Middlestown Junior and Infant School and St Peters and Clifton Primary School.

This is the second time the Museum has partnered with Wakefield Music Hub to deliver innovative and inspiring learning workshops for children, the first being last year which resulted in successful learning initiatives for pupils who went on to continue their arts award projects.

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

For press information, images and interview requests please contact Laura Barr or Sara Merritt at Bonner & Hindley: laura@bonnerandhindley.co.uk/fern@bonnerandhindley.co.uk; 0113 243 4713 ENDS

Editor’s notes

  • Wakefield Music Services Wakefield Music Services (WMS) is the lead organisation for the Wakefield Music Education Hub (WMEH) and has provided quality inclusive musical tuition and opportunities to children in over 95% of schools, academies and in several Music Centres across all Wakefield communities since 1974. Since then the service has grown and expanded, broadening its provision and range of instruments, genres and activities that it offers. The service is governed and supported by the LA and is highly regarded by the LA, Schools, Academies, parents, pupils and the wider musical community.

  • National Festival of Music for Youth Music for Youth is a national music education charity providing free access to performance and audience opportunities for young musicians across the UK through its annual season of festivals and concerts.

     The Museum is free admission
     Free car and coach parking
     Opening hours: 10.00 am – 5.00 pm daily except for 24-26 December and 1 January  Café open 10am – 4.30pm daily
     Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times
     Please arrive early to book onto an underground tour, as at busy periods tours are often fully booked by midday
     Temperature underground is 12C; we strongly recommend warm practical clothing and sensible flat shoes. Unfortunately children under five years old are not permitted on the underground tour
     Indoor play area for children under five
     Disabled facilities include level parking, ramp and disabled toilets with underground tours also available with prior arrangement

    For more information please call the Museum on 01924 848806. email info@ncm.org.uk or visit the website at www.ncm.org.uk
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