The National Coal Mining Museum for England announce record visitor numbers for 2015/2016

The National Coal Mining Museum for England are delighted to announce that their visitor figures for 2015/16 are the highest ever since the Museum opened in 1988. The museum saw 138,291 people visit throughout the year, an increase of 16% from 2014/15.

The Museum hosted a wide range of fantastic family friendly activities throughout the year, attracting a variety of visitors from all over the country and abroad. In addition to the amazing visitor figures, the Museum also saw an increase in generous donations from visitors and an increase in gift aid income. The income raised from donations supports the Museum in its mission to ‘Keep Coal Mining Alive’ and ensures that learning activities are both engaging and informative.

In addition, the hard work of the staff and volunteers to ensure visitors have a great day out has also paid off, with over 97% of visitors happy to recommend others to visit.

The Museum has substantially increased the number and range of events and successes have included the free ‘’Wacky Wednesday’ weekly under-five sessions, regular antique and vintage fairs by Fox and Moon, the Rugby League Heritage on Tour exhibition, Cabaret @ Pit, Billy Pearce, afternoon teas and the new Science Show.

In October, the Museum’s special exhibition A Light in the Darkness: 200 Years of the Flame Safety Lamp welcomed many visitors, and 2015 finished on a high, with the Museum’s ever popular Santa Underground experience selling out at the beginning of December.

David Hinchliffe, Chair of the Board of Trustees commented: “We were extremely delighted with the number of visitors that the Museum welcomed in 2015/2016. It has been a pleasure to host a wide range of fantastic events, and even better knowing we have spread knowledge and awareness of coal mining to younger generations. It is very important to us as a national museum to keep the spirit of mining and mining communities alive and ensure that younger generations know about the industry’s rich history. I would personally like to pay tribute to the hard-working staff and volunteers at the Museum who have made this fantastic achievement possible.”

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

For press information, images and interview requests please contact Sara Merritt at Bonner & Hindley: sara@bonnerandhindley.co.uk; 0113 243 4713

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Editor’s notes

 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 or email info@ncm.org.uk or visit the website at www.ncm.org.uk

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