Big Pit: National Coal Museum

Big Pit: National Coal Museum
Blaenafon
Torfaen
NP4 9XP
Wales

Website

www.museumwales.ac.uk

E-mail

bigpit@museumwales.ac.uk

Telephone

(01495) 790 311

Fax

(01495) 792 618

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Big Pit National Coal Museum
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Big Pit is a real colliery. It was the place of work for hundreds of men, women and children for over 200 years - a daily struggle to extract that precious mineral that stoked the furnaces and lit the household fires of the world. Kitted out in helmet, cap-lamp and battery pack, you descend 90 metres to another world; a world of shafts, coal faces and levels, of underground roadways, air doors and stables. Your pit lamp lights an inky darkness - darker than you can imagine. But you are never alone. Guided by an ex-miner, with easy good humour and first-hand knowledge, you get a real sense of life at the coal face. Returning to the surface, the colliery buildings, the winding engine-house, the blacksmiths workshop and pithead baths complete the picture of a working pit that at its height employed 1,300 men.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

February-November
Daily 10.00-15.30
Please telephone for details of winter opening

Closed: Please telephone for details

Admission charges

FREE

Additional info

Tours take approximately 1 hour.
You will need warm clothing and sensible footwear.
Wheelchairs can go underground (please book).

Collection details

Archives, Industry, Science and Technology, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Mining
  • Coal mining
  • Industrial history
  • Pithead baths
  • Engineering
  • Mine shaft
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
photograph of poppy field

Poppies for Remembrance

  • 19 July 2014 — 8 February 2015

This will investigate the link between the cultural uses of poppies for remembrance and the science of biodiversity.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Miners

When Dai Became Tommy

  • 14 February — 6 September 2015

A look at the personal stories of miners who went to war as tunnellers. Will involve communities by asking them for personal stories from their families in all fields of war.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Wellies and snowdrops

A Wild Whitsun

  • 26 May — 1 June 2014

A week full of outdoor activities for the whole family to enjoy, including walks, trails, nature detecting and much more. Suitable outdoor clothing and footwear required.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/whatson/?site=stfagans

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