Community Partners

Yorkshire Rag Ruggers

David Alton (Coalshed Poets)

Ex-miners Eddie Downes & Tony Banks

Community Partners- get involved, make a difference

We are looking for people in our local community with experiences, skills, knowledge or causes that can support the Museum's work.

We're open to ideas and are flexible in terms of what time you would like to donate. Maybe you are prepared to share skills, knowdlege or art forms linked to the coal mining story with our visitors on a casual basis? Perhaps you have a skill that can support the Museum's many projects but you would prefer to be behind the scenes or volunteer from home?

Why join our community?

  • You might want to raise awareness of your group’s projects or activities, to gain new members or showcase your achievements and progress.
  • You might have a particular skill that you would like to pass on or get people to reconnect with
  • You might want to give back skills or experiences gained over the course of your career
  • You might need a home for your campaign or creative group
  • You might want an audience for your art or performances

Find out more about our Community Partners:

  • 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 ex-miner Eddie Downes.

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





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