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Schools out but there is so much to learn about. We have loads of resources to keep your mind active. We will help you explore the story of mining and how it changed Britain through arts, poetry, music, maths, science and history.

Are you baking more at the moment? Have your tried cooking with Rhubarb? Did you know that the Museum is very close to the famous Rhubarb Triangle, and that rhubarb that is grown in the triangle actually has its own protected designation of origin? Click on the picture to read a short article on forced rhubarb, originally published in December 1947

If you want to read more articles from Coal Magazine head over to the Library section where we have digitised them all for you.

If you look closely at the picture above, you'll be able to see how much mining has developed over time, including how miners travelled into the mine, what was used to move the coal, how coal was transferred from the face and what the miners wore.

Look at the changes that took place over the years, which period do you think would have been the best time to work underground, and why?

In the Victorian era, before electricity arrived, miners had to use candles to create light while working underground as it was so dark they couldn't even see their hands in front of their faces! The candles used were formed using tallow, which was made out of animal fat that burns slowly. When lit, the candle gave a strong meaty smell, attracting all of the rats and mice, who would then eat the candle if it was left on the floor!

All we have to say to that is, thank goodness our mine has electricity!

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Did you know that we have our own water treatment plant up at Hope Pit which cleans all of the water we pump out of the mine? Luckily for us, our friend Hector the Heron is on hand to help us discover more about the entire process.

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Do you have a favourite mining poem, or even one that you've written yourself? We love this poem that our miner Eric wrote, titled 'The True Price of Coal'.

If you want to have a go at creating your own, make sure you visit our learning resources pages where we have plenty of resources to help you out!

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