The National Coal Mining Museum for England Launches New ‘Older & Bolder’ Sessions for Adult Visitors

As part of Adult Learners’ week, 15 – 19 June, the National Coal Mining Museum for England will be launching a new interactive session, Older & Bolder, aimed at community groups, special interest groups and life-long learning groups, as well as those living in care settings.

Using the Museum’s collections of art, objects, sounds and even smells, groups can enjoy an informal workshop exploring the theme of growing up in a pit village.

The Museum hopes that these friendly and flexible sessions will provide an opportunity for older visitors to participate in an activity with both educational and social benefits. The pre-bookable session could be part of a full day out at the Museum or could form the main focus of a visit.

Assistant Education Officer, Sally-ann Burley said, “We’re looking forward to hearing tales of growing up in mining communities. Of course we want the participants to really enjoy themselves but I’m sure we will be equally fascinated listening to authentic voices recalling genuine stories of a time within living memory- stories that would be impossible to find in books or archives.”

The sessions, which must be pre-booked, are available on weekday afternoons at 2.30pm, excluding school holidays. The cost is £25 for a maximum of 19 adults.

The launch of Older & Bolder is part of the museum’s aim to provide opportunities that inspire those who wish to learn, share and discover, whatever their age or circumstance. This follows the launch of new under 5s session Mini Miner Mondays, which combines storytelling, crafts and singing to create an hour long workshop that can be enjoyed by nurseries, playgroups and childcare groups.

After the session, participants can enjoy a visit to the pit ponies, walk through the nature trail, soak in the atmosphere of the pit head baths and marvel at the water treatment plant. These experiences can provide further stimulation and inspiration for creative activities after the visit.

To book please email

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

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