New Director Appointed at the National Coal Mining Museum

The National Coal Mining Museum for England is pleased to announce the appointment of Jenny Layfield as the museum’s new Director.

Jenny joins the museum after 15 years working for the National Trust, most recently as General Manager of Nostell in Wakefield.  She is a keen advocate of Wakefield’s cultural offer and was part of a group of key cultural and tourism partners within the Wakefield District who were awarded Cultural Destination funding in April 2016 and are working at raising the profile of Wakefield’s fantastic cultural offer. She has acted as Chair for the Wakefield Cultural Consortium since 2017.

Jenny commented “I am delighted to be working at such a unique national attraction. The National Coal Mining Museum is the oldest mine in Europe and the last deep coal mine in England. It is an honour to be given the opportunity to contribute to preserving this heritage and helping find new ways to tell the stories to the widest possible audience. This role beautifully compliments my role as Chair of the Wakefield Cultural Consortium as we move to raise the profile of Wakefield and its attractions on a regional, national and international level”

Councillor Denise Jeffery, Chair of the Board of Trustees for the National Coal Mining Museum, welcomes Jenny Layfield as the new Director of the Museum.  Councillor Jeffery says “Jenny will be a welcome addition to our Museum and I look forward to working with her”.

The National Coal Mining Museum is situated between Wakefield and Huddersfield and welcomes over 100,000 visitors a year from all around the world. The museum tells the story of coal mining through a unique underground tour lead by ex coal miners and offers visitors the chance to explore 14 galleries and buildings. In 2019 the museum has completely replaced its main gallery, shop and reception area thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund and will open a new Illumination Gallery in the spring.

Further information

For further information, images and interviews please contact Anita O’Donovan or Lauren Wood at the National Coal Mining Museum for England on 01924 844566 or email and

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 About National Coal Mining Museum for England

·         The National Coal Mining Museum for England provides a unique opportunity to travel 140 metres underground to explore England's last deep coalmine led by a miner guide.

         The Museum is free but we would love your donations 

·         Free car and coach parking

·         Opening hours: 10.00 am – 5.00 pm daily except for 25-26 December and 1 January

·         Arrive early or book a day in advance to book onto an underground tour

·         Temperature underground is 12C; we recommend warm practical clothing and sensible flat shoes. Children over 5 can take the underground tour if with an adult

·         Adventure playground & indoor play area for children under five

·         Disabled facilities include level parking, ramp and disabled toilets with accessible underground tours which can be arranged by prior arrangement·

·         Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times

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