The National Coal Mining Museum for England awarded National Lottery support

Marking its 30th anniversary year the National Coal Mining Museum for England (NCMME) has received a grant of £616,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project called Coalfield Conversations.

Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the money will be used to expand the Museum’s successful volunteer team and to develop exciting visitor activities and attractions above-ground at Caphouse Colliery and at Hope Pit, bringing the whole of the Museum’s rural 45-acre site to life.

The four year project will also enable the Museum to be more welcoming, have better signage, a new shop and be easier for visitors to find their way around.

Visitor Experience volunteer Pam said: “It is wonderful news that we are to receive this support from the National Lottery. I have been a volunteer at the mining museum for four years and the work is varied and rewarding. We have been involved in the development of this project from the start and it is great to know that the hard work we have put in devising talks and activities and collecting feedback from our visitors to support the HLF bid, has paid off."

“As volunteers at this very special museum we are all committed to keeping the history and story of coal mining alive for this and future generations. This money will enable us to do just that more effectively. It is exciting to think that as volunteers we can be an integral part of the Museum now and in the future.”

The NCMME occupies two colliery sites; Caphouse Colliery (Caphouse) and Hope Pit (Hope). The project focusses on visitors' experience aboveground, which includes a welcome area, galleries and installations, mine workings (e.g. steam winding house), mine buildings (e.g. pit head baths), a nature trail; and play area.  

David Renwick, Head of HLF Yorkshire and Humber said: “This is a fantastic project for the National Coal Mining Museum, whose main attraction is obviously the excitement of its underground tours. Now, with National Lottery support, the museum can recruit and train a new band of volunteers passionate about bringing the stories of the pit alive. People will come away with a deeper level of understanding about coalmining and its place in British history, whilst enjoying many new and improved attractions above ground while on their visit.”

Further information

For further information, images and interviews please contact Nick Dodd at the National Coal Mining Museum for England on 01924 848806 or email


Note to editors

About National Coal Mining Museum for England

The National Coal Mining Museum for England provides a unique opportunity to travel 140 metres underground to explore England's last deep coalmine led by a miner guide.

  • Arrive early to book onto an underground tour
  • Temperature underground is 12C; we strongly recommend warm practical clothing and       sensible flat shoes. Children over the age of five years old are permitted on the underground tour
  • Adventure playground & indoor play area for children under five
  • Disabled facilities include level parking, ramp and disabled toilets with accessible       underground tours which can be arranged by prior arrangement
  • The Museum is free but donations appreciated
  • 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

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