Miner's Gala at the National Coal Mining Museum

By Culture24 Staff | 02 June 2009
a person wearing a miner's orange overalls with a foam miners head

Maurice the Miner will be on hand to welcome visitors to the National Coal Mining Museum's Miner's Gala. © National Coal Mining Museum

Staff at the National Coal Mining Museum for England are busy preparing for the 2009 Miner’s Gala on Sunday June 7.

It’s the Yorkshire Museum’s 21st anniversary this year, and they are offering visitors a 1940s themed day out. On arrival families will be transported back in time to the 1940s, with an array of 1940s-inspired activities, entrainment and attractions.

A 1940s tea dance will run from 1.00pm until 3.30pm. Between taking a twirl on the tiles, visitors can take a break and relax with a freshly brewed cup of tea and a sticky bun, all in 1940s style.

a brass band

(Above) there will be entertainment from the Grange Moor Brass Band

Organisers are promising plenty of fun things to do all day with free family activities including flag and kite making, free watercolour workshops and a Punch and Judy show in the café courtyard.

Vintage vehicles from the 1940s will also be on display and the Grange Moor Brass Band will be performing. In keeping with Yorkshire tradition there will also be drystone-walling demonstrations, rabbits on display and even a pigeon release.

All the regular attractions of the Museum will also be on offer including the famous underground tour - 140 metres beneath the surface, the chance to visit the pit ponies in the stable yard, the nature trail and the chance to learn about the history of coal with the Museum’s interactive exhibits.

a man wearing a blazer addressing a group of children in front of a Punch and Judy show

The Punch and Judy show makes a welcome return. © National Coal Mining Museum

For more information call the Museum on 01924 848806 or email: info@ncm.org.uk or visit the website at www.ncm.org.uk .

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