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

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They’re sharing 30 Facts about the Museum on their social media pages in the run up to the big day.  For example ‘The mine shaft where visitors descend was sunk in the 1780s by John Milnes. It is the earliest coal mining shaft still in use in Britain. The depth of the shaft is equivalent to the height of Blackpool tower – 140m down.’

On Sunday 3rd June they are encouraging visitors to bring a picnic for the Big Miners’ Picnic and there will be lots for them to see and do around site. There will be music from the Yorkshire Traction Honley Band as well as their 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. They will also be joined by NCMME’s 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.

They will be hosting a 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.

And of course there will be lots of Birthday cake!

Shaun McLoughlin, Head of Engagement at the Museum comments “We’ve had a fantastic start to the year with our special events and exhibitions programme. We’re ready to welcome visitors in our 30th year – it’s a celebration of our past, present and looking ahead to the future now we have Heritage Lottery Funding in place to develop the Museum’s facilities.  We’re very proud of the reputation we have as one of Yorkshire’s iconic visitor attractions. Visitors tell us what they enjoy the most is learning about life in coalmining communities and they are impressed by the humour and warmth from the miner guides who bring their personal experiences into the tour. It’s a great day out for all the family. ”

National Coal Mining Museum - 30th Birthday
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