Official opening of the insightful exhibition into the lives of the industry’s Pit Ponies:

The Path of the Ponies
22 June – 4 October 2015

The National Coal Mining Museum for England unveils its new summer exhibition – The Path of The Ponies, delving into the world of the industry’s pit ponies and horses. The insightful exhibition carefully examines how the pit ponies lives were entwined with that of coal mining for many centuries.

The exhibition opening will begin with coffee at 10.30am followed by speeches at 11am. The museum will welcome Mrs Alison Harris, MA Cert.Ed and who has an MBE in the honours just published to open the exhibition; a fitting guest given her extensive equestrian background.

Guests will also have the opportunity to view the new exhibition with members of the curatorial exhibition team and to visit the stables to meet the Museum’s horsekeepers and ponies.

From conditions underground to training, from pony shows to retirement, the hidden lives of pit ponies continue to capture the imagination.

As pits grew deeper and thicker seams were worked, ponies were used for moving tubs underground. Women, and children under ten, were banned from underground work in the 1840s, so the use of ponies grew. In 1913 there were 70,000 ponies working in the British coalfields, but by 1992 this had fallen to just 23.

The exhibition runs from 22 June 2015 – 4 October 2015 and is open daily 10am – 5pm.

The exhibition is open during Museum opening hours and is free entry.

For press information, images and interview requests please contact Fern Montgomery or Laura Barr at Bonner & Hindley:; 0113 243 4713

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