Educational Visits

To enquire about an educational visit to the museum, please complete the form below. One of our team will contact you to confirm your requirements and availability. If you would like to book a non education group visit please complete the form on our group visits page.

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Please choose an option or if you need assistance to find the best workshop to suit your group needs please get in touch by emailing...... or by telephone 07850916484

All workshops have a learning framework designed to be fun and interactive. Activities may include team activity challenges, object handling, role play, a visit to  the Blacksmiths forge, Joiners, Engineers or restoration workshops where skilled volunteers will carry out demonstrations and answer inspired questions.

Packed lunches can be provided by prior arrangement or bring your own and have lunch on the brake van carriages stationed at the platform (N.B 15 persons per carriage, two carriages available) or picnic outside if it is warm.

The Power of Coal and The Smokey Steam Engine

KS1, KS2, KS3

Where does coal come from? How do engines make steam? Discover how the steam engine changed the way we live today.

Duration: 9.30am till 2.30pm

Pit Life

KS1, KS2, KS3

It’s a miner’s life for me: Explore what it would have been like for Victorian families where each member young and old had a working role to play at the coal mine.

Duration: 9.30am till 2.30pm

Shine a Light

KS2, KS3

The wonder of science and technology

Inspired by the need to light up the underground coal mines which were dark and dangerous, this session brings to life the history and scientific process of discovery by scientists. From ‘glow in the dark’ fish skins to the invention of the flame safety lamp, students will step back in time with our enthusiastic team who will be located in our atmospheric Victorian style cottage. Through story telling they will learn why the lamp was needed; they will watch experiments to understand the basic principles behind the inventions, with some interactive participation and discover the incredible impact these lamps had for the miners.

Duration: 45 mins (Morning or afternoon session available or combine with a site tour)