30th Birthday Celebrations

Celebrating the Museum’s 30th Birthday
Big Miners' Picnic

Sunday 3 June 2018

On the 6th June 1988, the Yorkshire Mining Museum opened its doors to the public for the first time. 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of this important and historic event.

To mark this milestone, the Museum will be hosting a day to remember our past, celebrate our present and look forward to our future.

Bring your own picnic for the Big Miners' Picnic or buy one from our cafe and come join the fun.

Picnic in the Pit Yard from 12pm

We've got a cracking day lined up for you. Come along and join in the celebrations :


  • Yorkshire Traction Honley Brass Band
  • The Caphouse Singers


  • FREE afternoon showing of the film Brassed Off
  • Northern World War Two Association re-enactment at Hope Pit

Family-friendly activities

  • 2pm 30th Flag raising ceremony with flag design competition winner
  • Craft activities
  • Volunteer Showcase
  • The Coalshed Poets
  • Edgeland Arts : Map Your Memories
  • Meet the Artists : Tom Fleming Calligraphy & Nick Elwood Illustration
  • Hope Pit Explore

Of course, there will be CAKE!

More information...

Thirty years ago this June, the Yorkshire Mining Museum was born. Now, as the National Coal Mining Museum for England, we are celebrating the Museum’s birthday by hosting a day to remember our past, celebrate our present and look forward to our future.

On Sunday 3rd June we are having a Big Miners’ Picnic. We hope you will be able to come to our birthday, celebrating thirty years of the Museum. Either bring your own picnic lunch or buy one from our café and come join the fun. There will be lots see and do around site.

There will be music from the Yorkshire Traction Honley Band as well as our own Musicians in Residence supported by the Caphouse Singers who will be performing a piece especially for this day.

The Northern World War Two Association will be onsite displaying genuine and replica weapons, uniforms and equipment, with firing displays and battle re-enactments.

The Coal Shed Poets will be moving around site asking for stories of the Museum to turn into an anniversary poem.

We will also be joined by our friends at Edgeland Arts who will be collecting visitors’ memories of living and working in Wakefield on their interactive map.

There will also be craft activities, inviting people to help create the Museum of Future.

We will be hosting our Volunteer Showcase, which will recognise the contributions of their current volunteers and provide an opportunity for the local community to experience what volunteering life is like at the Museum, and be encouraged to get involved.

We would be really pleased if you would be able to join us for our birthday picnic party.

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