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Take a trip behind the scenes at the National Coal Mining Museum from the comfort of your home. You’ll peek at our collections, see how we keep the mine safe, how the horses spend their days, and how we keep the site in tip top condition ready to welcome you back.

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We're checking in with one of our guides, Steve, to find out more about the checks we have to do every day, as well as how our control room has an interesting link to Kellingley Colliery.

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Trevor is going to give us a more in-depth look at what the screens in there actually tell our guides, as well as how we ensure that the mine is safe for visitors.

Somebody is very much enjoying this sunnier weather (and empty benches) we’ve had recently, so much so we even caught her sleeping on the job!

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Just because our galleries are currently closed to the public, that doesn't mean that we can't bring them to you! Before we closed, one of our curators, Anne, filmed a tour of the galleries, and while we're shut, we're excited to be sharing the videos with you here.

Have you ever heard of Coal Queens? And did you know that last year marked the 50th anniversary of the first National Coal Queens competition?

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Did you know that the museum has its own conservator? It's really important that the items in our collection are well looked after, which is where Graham comes in!

It's his job to give objects that are looking a little worse for wear the TLC they need, ensuring that we can have them for many more years to come. In the video, not only will you meet Graham and find out a little bit more about what he does, but you can also discover some of the processes he went through to conserve some old shoes that (we believe) belonged to some Pit Brow Lasses.

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Finn's missed everybody coming to visit him these last couple of weeks, so we thought we'd let him say hello to you all! Here he is earlier this week enjoying the sunnier weather.

In the spirit of camaraderie this was filmed by a member of our bookings team who was getting some housekeeping training to provide cover if necessary, for our horsekeeping team. After all, for our horses, it's just another day!

If you're also interested in helping look after our horses, did you know that you can donate to the Museum? It only takes a second and can go towards essentials for our animals!

In the 1950’s the National Coal Board we’re way ahead of the times and were talking about isolation. OK, it was a different kind of isolation but isn't this posters great! We’re super grateful that Dinnington Colliery though of us when they donated this poster.

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Although our museum is a tourist attraction, it is also a working mine. This means that there are lots of checks that need to be done to make sure that it is safe for us to take all of our visitors underground. Find out from Trevor about the equipment we use to monitor the mine!

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As part of this project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, discover some of the incredible stories of the women who were part of the 1984-85 strike.

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Who were the Bevin Boys? Many people don't realise that, during WW2, men were conscripted to work in coal mines. For years, their stories were overshadowed by the atrocities of the battlefield. In this video, discover more about the men who worked to fuel the country during those difficult years.

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