The National Coal Mining Museum for England marks the 70th anniversary of Vesting Day: the nationalisation of coal mining

Throughout 2017, the National Coal Mining Museum for England will be hosting a series of events and exhibitions to mark the 70th anniversary of the nationalisation of coal mining.

The celebrations commence on 1 January 2017 in honour of Vesting Day, which took place on 1 January 1947, where the Museum will be marking the occasion through their social media channels.

The Vesting Day tribute marks the launch of the Museum’s programme of commemorative events, in the run up to the launch of the new exhibition on nationalisation ‘For the People, By the People’ which will be open to the public on 3 April 2017.

Vesting Day marked the end of a long fight for a better life, in and out of the pit with the creation of the National Coal Board (NCB). In 1947 over 800 coal mines came under the ownership of the newly created NCB, which oversaw production and development, regulated wages, introduced widespread safety and welfare reforms and invested heavily in technological improvements.

It was described as “the great experiment of socialism” under Labour Party power, as privately owned coal mines, one of Britain’s largest industries come under public ownership.

The impact of nationalisation is explored in the upcoming exhibition, ‘For the People, By the People’ where the Museum will provide opportunities for communities to share stories and memories of what nationalisation means to them.

To support the exhibition the Museum will be running three events in conjunction with Wakefield Library and West Yorkshire Archives Service. Each event will invite members of the public to join in on an afternoon of sharing memories and stories of their personal experiences of the mining industry pre and post nationalisation to form part of the narrative for the forthcoming exhibition. The events will run from 1 – 4pm and be held on Tuesday 24 January at the National Coal Mining Museum for England, South Elmsall Library on Tuesday 28 February, and West Yorkshire Archives Service on Tuesday 21 March.

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

For press information, images and interview requests please contact Jessie Leong at Bonner & Hindley: jessie@bonnerandhindley.co.uk; 0113 243 4713 ENDS

Editor’s notes

 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

 Please arrive early to book onto an underground tour, as at busy periods tours are often fully booked by midday

 Temperature underground is 12C; we strongly recommend warm practical clothing and sensible flat shoes. Unfortunately children under five years old are not permitted on the underground tour  Indoor play area for children under five

 Disabled facilities include level parking, ramp and disabled toilets with underground tours also available with prior arrangement

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