Statement from The National Coal Mining Museum for England

Statement from The National Coal Mining Museum for England

The National Coal Mining Museum for England would like to make the following response to recent comments from individuals and the media regarding a function booking at the Museum on 10 March 2018, by the Dewsbury County Conservative Association:

As a publicly and grant-funded national Museum, the remit of the National Coal Mining Museum for England is to curate the heritage of this remarkable industry and its communities in an impartial manner. The Museum’s mission is to keep stories of coal mining alive by collecting and preserving the industry’s rich heritage and it is open to everyone in the community to access and use the galleries, collections, underground tour and wider facilities, as well as taking part in activities and events.

The Museum is also a registered charity and, as such, it is required by the Charity Commission’s rules to maintain political independence.

In light of the above requirements of its funding and its charity status, the Museum is not in a position to be able to refuse or to revoke the function booking in question.

Nick Dodd, Museum Director

Asparagus Green Catering Ltd: contract caterers at The National Coal Mining Museum for England

Asparagus Green is aware of the comments and issues raised by the recent booking of the Dewsbury County Conservative Association at the National Coal Mining Museum for England on 10 March 2018.

As a local, independent company, we are contracted to promote the conference and events space and manage function and events on behalf of the Museum.

Whilst we are aware of the specific sensitivities surrounding this booking, within the scope of our contract and the Museum’s operating/funding guidelines, it would be inappropriate for us to have an allegiance to - or to exclude - any one political party, cause or individual; we therefore host a broad range of causes, organisations and groups for dinners, conferences, parties and community events.

Anthony Hegney, Director



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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
• Please arrive early to book onto an underground tour, as at busy periods tours are often fully booked by midday
• Temperature underground is 12C; 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
• Adventure playground
• Disabled facilities include level parking, ramp and disabled toilets with accessible underground tours which can be arranged by prior arrangement

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