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)


GEOGRAPHY: A journey around our village

Designed to allow children to explore geographical skills in the context of their local community.

Alongside a complete scheme of work, activities and resources from the past and present are included to support learning.

This box contains maps based around Springwell Village area and explores the historical changes and development of new villages around industrial sites like coal mining and railways as a place of work. It could, however, be easily adapted to fit with other locations.

Boxes are loaned on a weekly basis at £5 per week.

Looking after a loans Box

1. Please check that boxes are carefully packed when in transit

2. Handle objects with care

3. Keep the objects locked away when not in use - children must be supervised when is use

4. Please check all items/objects on the list provided within the box when it is re-packed to ensure none are missing

5. These boxes are checked by staff prior to the hire collection, any anomalies will have been listed on the Loans Agreement form

Loss or Damage to Loans Boxes

Any items lost or broken will be charged for, as well as for the administration time it costs to source replacement items. If damage does occur, please do not attempt to repair an object yourself.

If you require further information please contact us and we will be happy to assist you.