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This February Half Term @ Pit, join NCMME as they celebrate 100 years of Miners’ Welfare, getting hands-on with their mining-themed activities!

Caphouse Creators Special – Make Your Own Soap
Monday-Friday (11am)
Suds up! Working underground was dirty work, which meant a trip to the Pithead Baths and a good wash at the end of the day was a miner must! This February half term, join us for our Caphouse Creator Special, where we’ll be celebrating 100 years of Miners’ Welfare by designing and making our very own soap to take home. Each session will cost £5 per person and have limited availability. To book, click here or ring us on 01924 848806.

Maker Shed – Miniature Miners’ Magnificent Playground
15th-23rd February (12.30 – 4pm)
“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” – thankfully this wasn’t the case for miners, who had lots to do in their spare time all thanks to the Miners’ Welfare. To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Miners’ Welfare, we’re challenging visitors to get experimental with different materials, designing and even helping make a model playground fit for our miniature mining families. Suitable for 5 years and upwards.

Game On!
Tuesday (12.30 – 4pm)
Do games build the comradery or the competitiveness in your family? On Tuesday February 18 try out our brand-new mining themed game developed by our young volunteers in Parkinson’s Yard where Peggy (a 1940’s miner’s wife) will be on hand to make you feel at home with friendly banter.

Traditional Games
Monday–Friday (10am–12.30pm and 1.30–4pm)
Try your hand at giant games, dominoes, French skipping and coits in the galleries and board games in the library.
Suitable for 7 years and upwards.

Meet Peggy Thorpe!
Monday-Friday (12, 1, 3 & 4pm)
Meet Peggy Thorpe during this special, interactive performance in our back yard reconstruction. Learn about her life as a miner’s wife in the 1940’s and the Bevin Boy who boarded with her. Suitable for 7 years and upwards.

Explore the Pithead Baths
16th & 23rd February (12pm, 1pm and 2pm for 30 minutes, book on arrival)
Join us on an interactive tour lead by volunteers around the Pithead Baths. Find out what systems were used and about the people who used them. Understand how revolutionary the showers were and how they boosted morale amongst the workforce.

Explore Hope Pit
16th & 23rd February (1:30-2pm)
There’s more to mining than digging! Join us on an interactive tour lead by volunteers around Hope Pit. Find out about this historic part of our site. Learn the stories of the buildings and the many different roles miners did above ground. Suitable for 11 years + and adults

Pop-Up Activities
15th-23rd February (10am – 3pm)
Meet one of our knowledgeable volunteers in the mining lives gallery and delve into the history of coal mining with a family-friendly activity.
Suitable for all ages.

Horsekeeper Talks 
15th-23rd February (12 & 2pm)
Head down to the stables where you will find our friendly horsekeepers, who can tell you all about our ponies Eric, Ernie and Budd as well as Finn the gentle Clydesdale!
Suitable for all ages

Pocket Passport
15th-23rd February 
Pick up one of our Pocket Passports to help you explore our site and collect a sticker from the people you meet at each stop. Collect all the stickers for the chance to win a prize!
Suitable for 5 – 11 year olds.

Blacksmith Demonstrations
15th-23rd February (11:30am & 2pm)

Drop in to the Blacksmith’s Workshop up at Hope Pit & see the Museum’s resident Blacksmiths Jayne & Martin demonstrating their skills, with demonstrations at 11:30am and 2pm.

Other amazing things to do:

  • Take an underground tour 140m below the surface with an ex-miner as your personal tour guide and discover a world beneath your feet.
  • Marvel at the Furnace Shaft – dare you walk over the 140m shaft?
  • Explore the museum’s nature trail and see what creatures, big and small you can find.
  • Run off steam in the Adventure Playground.