The National Coal Mining Museum for England asks local communities to share memories of their mining heritage to be included in new exhibition ‘By the People, For the People’

In the run up to the National Coal Mining Museum for England’s new exhibition set to open on 3 April 2017, the Museum is hosting three events on 24 January, 28 February and 21 March, inviting local communities to join in an afternoon of reminiscing and sharing stories and experiences of their mining heritage, to be included in the forthcoming exhibition ‘By the People, For the People’.

The events pose an opportunity for those who lived and worked in the mining industry pre and post nationalisation (1947) to share their stories before they are lost. The new exhibition celebrates the 70th anniversary of the nationalisation of coal. It was an event which drew the whole industry together under the newly created National Coal Board (NCB) and changed the landscape of British mining forever. In 1947 over 800 coal mines came under the ownership of the newly created NCB, which oversaw production and development, regulated wages, introduced widespread safety and welfare reforms and invested heavily in technological improvements. It was described as “the great experiment of socialism” under Labour Party power, as privately owned coal mines, one of Britain’s largest industries come under public ownership.

The Museum is asking for miners, ex-miners, miners’ wives and family members, coal merchants, colliery owners and anyone who is or was related to the mining industry in some capacity before 1947 and after. The Museum is interested in collecting stories regarding working conditions, management, training, welfare, community support, female workers, home life and health and safety.

The events will run from 1 – 4pm and be held on
Tuesday 24 January at the National Coal Mining Museum for England,
South Elmsall Library on Tuesday 28 February, and
West Yorkshire Archives Service on Tuesday 21 March.

Eddie Downes, author of ‘Yorkshire Collieries 1947 – 1994’ will be present during the event in March to meet visitors and discuss his memories. The aim is to collect memories of those people in the mining communities who experienced some of the changes, which nationalisation brought. Visitors will have the opportunity to share their stories with the Museum’s curator and librarian, with the material being used for the Museum’s website, social media and material for the exhibition narrative.

For information about the events visit or call 01924 848806. For press information, images and interview requests please contact Jessie Leong at Bonner & Hindley:; 0113 243 4713 ENDS

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

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