Former colliers dig for victory with new mining display and tour at Snibston Discovery Museum

By Alice Neal | 17 February 2011
a photo of a group of men in hard hats and work wear in a cellar
Former Colliers help out at Snibston Museum
A group of former miners have recreated life in the pits at Leicestershire County Council’s Snibston Discovery Museum.

The new colliery tour, which opens on Saturday February 19, offers visitors a first-hand of experience work underground.

Working with museum staff and volunteers, the miners have made a coal-face, pit pony stable and a display of mining equipment.

Robert Bancroft, a former miner who helped with the project, said: “I volunteer because I want to keep local mining history alive. I worked in the local pits for many years and have specialist knowledge and skills to share.

“My son volunteers with me and I am lucky to be able to pass down this experience to him in a structured, secure and safe environment with an end result which will have a benefit to the local community.”

Since opening in 1992, the museum has attracted more than two million visitors, supported by local businesses and Leicestershire County Council. 

David Sprason, Leicestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults and Communities, said: “The colliery buildings at Snibston are of national importance and the museum itself is unique in the way that it preserves mining history for our future generations.”

The museum also runs a monthly Meet the Experts programme where specialists talk about the coal mining industry.
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