The National Coal Mining Museum for England is shortlisted for the Telegraph Kids in Museum’s Family Friendly Museum Award 2015

The National Coal Mining Museum for England is delighted to announce that they have been shortlisted into the final six museums selected for the Telegraph Kids In Museum’s Family Friendly Museum Award- the biggest museum award in Britain and the only one judged by families.

Sponsored by The Telegraph, the award recognises the incredible work that has been put into the museum over the past year. This year the competition has been particularly tough with a staggering 800 nominees and the museum have been selected into the final six out of the 20 museums longlisted.

With a dedicated ‘What’s On’ programme, the museum regularly invites families to enjoy free art and craft activities, Wacky Wednesday sessions for under 5s and a variety of craft fairs. The museum will be hosting a series of events this summer including story writing workshops and a dedicated Mini-Miner Seaside special to celebration National Play Day.

Katharine Morley at the museum comments,

“We’re stunned and thrilled to make it into the final six museums in the shortlist for the award. We’ve worked incredibly hard this past year, ensuring our visitors are experiencing the museum to its full potential and understanding the country’s mining heritage more and more.

This summer we’re hosting a series of events from the opening of our new touring exhibition Rugby League Cares to the Summer Family Fun day hosted on 5 August and we hope that more and more families enjoy and learn more about our mining heritage.”

The winner will be announced at the award ceremony on Thursday 24 September.

For more information about the award please visit

For information about the Museum and its events, visit or call 01924 848806.

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