New Director appointed at the National Coal Mining Museum for England

New Director appointed at the National Coal Mining Museum for England

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

Mike Benson joins the Museum after four years as Director at the Anglo-Saxon museum Bede’s World. A former Teeside steelworker of 28 years, Mike became involved with heritage whilst completing his Open University degree. Beginning his heritage career as a voluntary guide at The Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum, he went on to set up Iron Awe, a group dedicated to educating and inspiring the community about their local history. Iron Awe gained award-winning status and Mike was subsequently appointed as the Director of Ryedale Folk Museum, where he stayed for seven years and won a distinguished Clore Fellowship.

In 2011, Mike went on to take the helm at Bede’s World and worked hard to instil his passion for heritage into the South Tyneside Museum before being offered the position at the National Coal Mining Museum for England.

Mike Benson comments: “I’m really looking forward to working alongside everyone here at NCMME and alongside the communities we are here to serve, it is both an incredible honour to be Director here in this special place and incredibly humbling. We will very much be looking to build upon the successes of the Museum as we continue to inspire folk from far and wide with our heritage, a heritage that transformed the world with values and ways are as relevant today as ever.”

David Hinchcliffe, Chairman of the Museum comments: ‘It is with great pleasure that we welcome Mike to the Museum this year. His wealth of experience and passion for heritage is truly motivating and I am looking forward to working with Mike to ensure that the Museum continues to inspire and delight visitors for many years to come.’

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Editor’s Notes

 The Museum is free admission

 Some individual events will incur a charge

 Free car and coach parking

 Opening hours: 10.00 am – 5.00 pm daily except for 24-26 December and 1 January

 Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times

 Indoor play area for children under five

 Disabled facilities include level parking, ramp and disabled toilets with underground tours also available with prior arrangement

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