Our gift shop has a whole range of items ideal as souvenirs or for presents with lots of pocket money priced gifts for children to browse. We also carry a limited range of coal related gifts and books in our Online Shop.
Our gift shop also stocks a wide range of moulded coal models varying in price from under £4 for the smaller animals to £25 for the larger models of trains and miners in action. These are made using a combination of coal dust and resin which are moulded into a variety of shapes. Coal is usually not sculpted, as coal is generally too brittle. 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.
Books about the Coal Industry
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.
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.
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.