The National Coal Mining Museum for England presents this year’s spectacular summer line-up

With the school holidays fast approaching the National Coal Mining Museum for England announces a fabulous summer line-up with activities taking place from 23 July – 2 September.

The summer months will see an action-packed schedule at the Museum with a variety of fun event and activities for families all linked to our special exhibition, Heroes and Heroines.

Families can take part in musical activities, handle objects and may even stumble across mining heroes and heroines from the past. Our free family craft activities will be running from 1pm-4pm each week day.

The Museum will be launching a poetry competition for young people and adults on 23 July. Writers are asked to pen a poem about a hero or heroine that has inspired them. If visitors are looking for inspiration then don’t forget to look out for a special week of poetry sessions, led by local performance poet, Matt Abbott. See the website for more details.

Organised children’s groups can also enjoy the hands-on activities in a new session designed for out-of-school groups. These pre-bookable workshops will include a weekly themed activity in line with the current exhibition Heroes and Heroines, and will take place on weekdays at 11am at a cost of £1 per person (maximum 30 people).

The Museum will also host another live performance on 26 and 27 August as the much loved 1996 Brit Flick Brassed Off takes to the stage in the Museum’s event spaces. Brassed Off captures perfectly both the resilience and despair of an era in which successive Conservative governments ripped out the heart of the community and then came back for its soul. Tickets for the performance are priced at £12 per person.

To celebrate National Play Day we’ll be inviting under 5s to the Wacky Wednesday Superheroes Special a holiday themed session where under 5s can enjoy interactive activities including story-telling, rhymes and crafts. This session must be pre-booked and costs £5 per person.

As well as a jam packed schedule of special events, visitors can also enjoy the Museum’s underground tour which delves deep into the world of mining, 140m beneath the surface. The picnic area provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy lunch outdoors after a stroll around the nature trail and ride aboard the on-site train.

Katharine Morley at the museum comments: “The Museum staff have worked closely to bring the very best line-up of events this summer. We’ve combined learning with fun and interactive activities to make sure that there is something for everyone to enjoy. It’s a really exciting time for the Museum and we’re making big changes to our events programme to ensure the whole community can come and be a part of it.”

For information about the Museum and its galleries, visit www.ncm.org.uk or call 01924 848806.

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

Editor’s notes

Heroes and Heroines 28 May – 31 December 2016

This year the National Coal Mining Museum for England is celebrating the extraordinary lives of the heroes and heroines of coal mining. The exhibition has been developed in two stages, with the first phase looking at heroes and heroines of the coalfield as nominated by the Museum staff. The Museum is also asking the public to get involved and provide their own nominations for their own coalfield heroes and heroines, which will be featured in the second phase of the exhibition. The exhibition will feature a combination of famous heroes and heroines, along with the everyday, hard-working men and women who fought for the right to work in the pits over the decades. Visitors are encouraged to ask Museum staff about their own heroes and heroines during this first phase of the exhibition.

 The Museum is free admission

 Free car and coach parking

 Opening hours: 10.00 am – 5.00 pm daily except for 24-26 December and 1 January

 Café open 10am – 4.30pm daily, opening at 9am 16 – 20 February.

 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

For more information please call the Museum on 01924 848806 or email info@ncm.org.uk or visit the website at www.ncm.org.uk

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