Cafe, Shop and Picnic
The Museum's refurbished cafe reopened in February 2015 and is now open 9 am to 5pm every day. Why not call in for delicious, locally-sourced, freshly-cooked food, gorgeous cakes and a hot or cold drink with a range of specials on offer each day.
Free wi-fi in the cafe make this an ideal meeting place for friends or business.
Download our sample menu & Afternoon Teas menu in the sidebar, to see the range of delicious dishes on offer.
The Museum has several picnic areas for those who like to dine alfresco.
Our gift shop has a whole range of items ideal as souvenirs or for presents. These include coal models, lamps and many special publications about mining and the Yorkshire area.
Our gift shop also stocks a wide range of models made from coal. These are not sculpted, as coal is generally too brittle, but are molded using a combination of coal dust and resin. From under £4 for the smaller animals to £25 for the larger models of trains and miners in action, there is something for all occasions.
A wide range of books, including those which have been published by the Museum, are also available:
Tom Lamb – My Mining Days 1946 – 1969, a collection of sketches made by Tom Lamb when he worked in the North East coalfields. These sketches formed the basis of the paintings which were shown in the exhibition of the same name.
Coal Faces, Mining Lives - Portraits of an Industry and Its People – Imogen Townsend, both the amateur artist and the professional have sought inspiration from England’s coalfields and have painted the portraits of those closest to it, from the early colliery owners to miners working at the coal face. Together they provide an insight into an industry, its history and its communities. The catalogue continues this story, while offering the opportunity to view other portraits from the National Coal Mining Museum’s growing collection.
Strike, Not The End Of The Story – David Douglass, subtitled 'Reflections on the major coal mining strikes in Britain', the book has chapters looking in particular at the early struggles before the twentieth century, the major strikes during the 1920s, and the turbulent times of the seventies. The build up to and comprehensive coverage of the 1984 / 85 strike precede the final chapter covering the 1990s and the decline of the coal industry.
Routes To Your Roots – Alison Henesey, the aim of the book is to show how to begin researching your mining ancestors in the English coalfields, and to get a feel for the kind of life that they would have led. The book provides guidance on getting started and lists of potential sources of information.
Caphouse to Calder Grove - The Story of a Colliery Mineral Line - Malcolm Till, this is the story of a railway and the men who worked upon it. The mineral line is just 5 miles long yet carried coal from several small collieries to the nearby canal and railway.
If you cannot find what you are looking for, please contact the Museum shop staff on 01924 848 806, who will be more than happy to help.