Galleries and Buildings

You will find several galleries around the Museum site

  • The Mining Lives Gallery in the main building tells you about a miner's home and leisure life
  • The Coal Interface Gallery allows you to see how machinery was used to hew the coal
  • The 1842 Gallery talks about the time when women and children worked underground

The Museum is home to original colliery buildings and machinery

  • There were two neighbouring pits which now form part of the 45 acre Museum site - Hope Pit and Caphouse Colliery. Some of the buildings are over 130 years old

  • Marvel at the original pithead and see our 1876 steam winding engine house

  • Visit the pithead baths to see where the miners cleaned up at the end of a shift

  • See how injuries were treated in the medical centre

Special Exhibitions

  • The Museum holds one major Special Exhibition a year, and one Guest Exhibition each focusing on a different aspect of mining heritage.

  • You can also visit the Community Art Space which features the work of local artists.

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