The National Coal Mining Museum for England unveils new Donation Day programme to encourage the public to donate personal mining artefacts to help preserve the industry’s rich heritage.

This July, the National Coal Mining Museum for England unveiled its official Donation Day programme, allowing members of the pubic to donate mining related items or books to the Museum’s collection, supporting the Museum’s aim in preserving the mining industry’s rich heritage.

Since the Museum first opened in 1988, it has been working hard to build a collection of national importance. However, there is still room for more pieces of interest that would strengthen the collection, and allow the public to support the Museum.

The Donation Days are a perfect way to help continue in its mission to remember and celebrate the coal industry and its communities. The Donation Days will take place the first day of each month from 10am – 4pm, and during special events throughout the year.

Members of the public are invited to bring mining related items and books that they wish to donate to the Museum. The days offer a fantastic opportunity for visitors to discover more about their mining memorabilia and to share their own knowledge.

Imogen Holmes-Roe, Curator of Art and Photography at the Museum says "This is a great opportunity for the public to be actively involved in the collections at the Museum. We’re excited to be able to include the community in our collection’s future, and to share their personal items and memorabilia with us to help us build our collection and keep the history of coal mining alive. We’re still a long way off where we want to be, but with the public’s help we can get that much closer to having a fantastic and all-encompassing collection of the industry’s heritage”.

The Museum gives a great deal of thought to what it collects. If an item fills an important gap and is accompanied by other information about the history, the Collections team will look to accept it into the permanent collections. However, the Museum is not in a position to accept everything that is offered, due to limited resources and space in which to care for and display the objects in the collections.

Alongside the permanent collection, the Museum has a growing and vibrant handling collection. Although these objects are not part of the permanent collections, they are regularly loaned out to a variety of audiences including schools and reminiscence groups, and it’s possible donated objects could make a great addition to this collection.

The National Coal Mining Museum for England continues to support and preserve the mining heritage. Other important ways members of the public can help the Museum to continue to share and celebrate our mining heritage with future generations is by donating their time as a volunteer, or even considering making a financial donation. This can be made on the Museum website. Financial donations help to care for the Museum’s important collections, maintain historic buildings, or help to deliver fascinating learning activities to schools and community groups of all ages.

Interested in Donating? Visit www.ncm.org.uk to find out more, or email info@ncm.org.uk / 01924 848806.

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 Laura Barr at Bonner & Hindley: laura@bonnerandhindley.co.uk; 0113 243 4713

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Editor’s Notes: The National Coal Mining Museum for England:

 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

 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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