The National Coal Mining Museum for England invites the public to explore their exhibition: Heroes and Heroines Public exhibition to open officially on Sunday 31 July

The National Coal Mining Museum for England is inviting the public to explore the newly adapted special exhibition space, housing their exhibition: Heroes and Heroines of the coalmining industry. The exhibition officially opens on 31 July, 11am – 4pm and will feature heroes and heroines nominated by the public, along with new and exciting interactive displays for families to enjoy.

The exhibition honours the extraordinary lives of the heroes and heroines of coal mining and has seen the whole Museum transformed into an interactive celebration of coal miners, the communities they lived and worked in, along with influential members of society.

A culmination of staff and public nominations has enabled the Museum to create a brand new exhibition experience for visitors; all nominations will be displayed either in the exhibition space or via social media.

The official opening promises to be an entertaining and informative day with the opportunity for visitors to meet real coal mining heroes: Bevin Boy John Etty, Pit Nurse Joan Hart, Mines Rescuer Tony Banks and more.

Guest exhibitors from local emergency services and community groups will be on-hand to speak to throughout the day, to share experiences, listen to stories of heroism and celebrate the heroes of the past.

Mike Benson, Museum Director says: “We’ve been totally overwhelmed by the response from the public in our quest to find heroes and heroines of the coal mining industry, which we only started at the end of May. The opening will be an opportunity for people to see the direction the Museum is taking as a whole, encouraging a new generation of visitors to explore the story of coal mining in England. We’re now really looking forward to seeing visitors discover the exhibition space and look out for their own nominations, along with discovering their own family history through our newly instated Ancestry interactive tool.”

For information about the Museum and all of their upcoming events, visit or call 01924 848806.

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


Editor’s Notes: The National Coal Mining Museum for England:

 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

 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 or visit the website at

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