The National Coal Mining Museum for England travels back to the 1940s as it hosts live re-enactment ‘Living History’ camps during WW11.

The National Coal Mining Museum for England is set to embark on time travel back to the 1940s as the Northern World War Two Association brings a re-enactment of ‘Living History’ camps during WW11 to the Museum’s grounds on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 August from 10am – 4pm.

Using authentic living history encampments displaying a mixture of genuine and replica equipment, weapons and uniforms, and by incorporating firing displays and battle re-enactments, the event’s aim is to try to inform, educate and help people understand the conflict from the viewpoint of a variety of allied and axis, military and civilian organisations.

Visitors can see replica and authentic weaponry, as well as costume and camps set up by the re-enactment group, as well as meet 'living characters' on the day. Characters and groups include: the Allied Home Front, who depict the hardships and stark realities of surviving WW11 on the home front, covering everything from rationing, make do and mend fashions to air raid shelters and gas masks; The Soviet 13 Guards Rifle Division, who recreate the men and women of the Red Army who fought what is still referred to as the Great Patriotic War, and Fox Commando, a Royal Navy Beach Commando HQ, which could have been found on any invasion beach from D-day to crossing of the Rhine.

Established in 2005 the Northern World War II Association is an organisation that unites a variety of 1940’s living history & re-enactment groups. Each group portrays a different aspect of the Second World War and by linking the individual groups into a single association, the Northern World War Two Association’s aim is to try to give visitors a feel for what it was like to live through, one of the largest and bloodiest conflicts in human history.

The event takes place within the Museum grounds from 10 - 4pm and is FREE to attend.

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

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- Editor’s notes Information about the Museum:

• 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 or visit the website at

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