The National Coal Mining Museum for England makes final of major tourism awards

 The National Coal Mining Museum for England has made it through to the final of the White Rose Awards - the biggest tourism awards in the UK.

 The Museum has been shortlisted in the large visitor attraction category. Based in Overton near Wakefield, the Museum aims to keep coal mining alive by collecting and preserving the industry’s rich heritage, creating enjoyable and inspiring ways to learn for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

 Winners will be announced at the awards on 17 November at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate.

 Winners of each category will not only scoop one of these prestigious accolades, but they are also entered into the national tourism awards next year.

 Katharine Morley, Commercial and HR Manager at the Museum comments:

 “We’re utterly amazed and thrilled to be even shortlisted for this award. We’re up against some extremely tough and worthy competition, so to be in the same category as the other attractions and be nominated seems like a win in itself.  We’ve had such an incredible last few years and have continued to welcome in new visitors to the museum. We’re continually striving to help build the growth of the community and Yorkshire and it’s great to be acknowledged for that.”

 Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, comments:

 "Given the high standard of this year’s entries, just making it to the shortlist is a huge achievement. This year, the bar has been raised yet again and they’ve had to contend with some real quality competition. It's always a close run thing, but there's every chance they could go on and win one of these prestigious awards."

 Around a thousand people are expected to attend the awards and tickets are now on sale at www.whiteroseawards.com

 The awards are run by tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire.

 For press information, images and interview requests please contact Laura Barr at Bonner & Hindley: laura@bonnerandhindley.co.uk; 0113 243 4713

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