Community Friends

Coalshed Poets

Yorkshire Rugmakers

Ex-miners Eddie Downes & Tony Banks who are tireless supporters of the Museum.

Community Friends - make a difference!

We are also looking for groups or individuals with a skill, experience or cause, linked in some way to the coal mining story that they might be prepared to share with our visitors on an occasional basis.

Why would you want to do that?

  • You might want to raise awareness of your group’s activities, to increase members or showcase an achievement
  • You might have a particular skill that could be passed on or that deserves a wider audience
  • You might need a focus for creative activities


  • Read a blog about our creative group, The Coalshed Poets, which was set up and run by volunteers.

  • Find out about the Yorkshire Rugmakers who meet at the Museum & show visitors the traditional craft of rag rug making.

  • Find out about one of our 'expert' volunteers Eddie Downes.

    Eddie, an ex-miner, is the author of a book recently launched here at the Museum and which is available to purchase in the Museum Book Shop. 'Yorkshire Collieries 1947-1994' tracks the history of 123 Yorkshire Collieries following Nationalisation of the coalmining industry.

Whether you're a creative wordsmith, 'expert' in your field or have a brilliant idea for a group of like-minded folks to meet up, we’d love to encourage people with passion to set up their own volunteer groups and inspire others. It could be through arts and crafts, performance poetry, geology, local history - we're open to suggestions!





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