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Apedale Heritage CentreApedale Heritage Center - A great day out for all ages. This special attraction was created at the site of Staffordshire's Apedale Mine.
For further prices and details please contact
Les Mason on Tel 01785 813417.

Bailiffgate Museum
The museum is located opposite the main entrance to Alnwick Castle in one of the oldest parts of Alnwick.

Bailiffgate Museum presents for the first time the history of Alnwick and District. The people and places of North Northumberland are brought to life here in lively, interactive style, through an exploration of six engaging themes.

Beamish Museum - See Page 2


If your ever down in South Wales you have to call in and check out Big Pit. We live about half hour away and went there years ago when the kids were younger, it was good but only a short drop down to pit bottom and because of Health and Safety it was so very slow. But interesting to anyone that's never been under ground, they had two tours, one around the old stable and another more modern. On the surface they have made a gallery and it's very true to life, it is made up and covered with earth to look real and I must say they've done a great job of it, made by miners and not someone in an office and it really show. Well worth a look at if you ever get the chance and highly recommended.
Alan (South Wales)

Bilsthorpe Heritage and Mining Museum opened to the public in July 2014.
Entrance is free, The museum is situated at the rear of the Village Hall on Cross Street off Mickledale Lane, off the A614 main road, brown signs have been erected directing you to the museum.
All welcome opening hours:-
Winter 11am to 3pm on Sundays and Wednesdays
Summer 10am to 4pm on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Wednesday.
Set Your Sat Nav To: NG22 8QY

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Meetings at Blidworth Welfare Hall Function Room 7pm to 9pm on the First Tuesday in the month.

The Blidworth and District Historical & Heritage Society continues to meet on the 1st Tuesday of each month with a starting time of 7pm and the meetings normally end at 9pm.
Our monthly meetings venue is now in the Function Room Building at Blidworth Miners Welfare.
Car parking is free courtesy of the Welfare Management Committee.

All members and non members are very welcome to participate.

If you are interested in joining us, want to know more about Blidworth and the surrounding villages or are just curious about what we do we can be contacted by email (see card above) And you can follow us on Facebook and twitter

Caphouse Colliery, Wakefield, UK - National Coal Mining Museum,
More on their site about the museum, so very useful if you are going to visit it.
The Museum is near Wakefield, Yorkshire, UK.

Caphouse Colliery, Wakefield, WF4 4RH
T: 01924 848806 E:
Company Reg No: 1702426 Charity Reg No: 517325

Thanks to Anthony Sansum For This Link

DMMThe Durham Mining Museum has been set up to found and maintain a mining museum to retain the knowledge and history of those that helped drive the industrial revolution and all that followed.
The museum is focused on the mining history, heritage and culture of the Durham Coalfield in particular but it covers all forms of mining in Cumberland, Westmoreland, Northumberland and Durham, plus small areas of North Yorkshire and North Lancashire.
The website currently contains over 110,000 pages of mining info including a list of over 30,000 mining deaths.

Fife Mining Heritage Society

One of fastest growing interests is in family histories of miners and our aim is to have a dedicated mining heritage centre to cover all aspects of mining in Fife.

Haig Pit Mining And Colliery Museum
This mining museum is in Whitehaven, Cumbria, UK. Lots of photos. Information about the museum. Winding Engine. Disasters. A history of the Haig mine. Information about other local coal mines. Latest News.

Heanor & District Local History Society

Heanor History Society
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Heanor is a market town in Derbyshire, England, very close to the border with Nottinghamshire. Not a major tourist area, but we are here to celebrate our history and heritage, which is as strong as anyone's! 

The British Library have included this website in a national archive of "selected key UK websites


Ilkeston and District Local History Society
At present, the site features information about IDLHS membership - forthcoming Society meetings and events - Society publications - and brief histories on Ilkeston, Dale Abbey, St. Mary's Church, Ilkeston's Markets and Fairs, the Local Coal Industry and The Stanton Ironworks etc. and details of other sites and areas of interest within the district.

See Also Califat Colliery, Swannington Common Site History and Excavation Report

The City of Greater Lithgow Mining Museum Inc.
was incorporated in October 1990 to develop a mining museum at the site of the former Lithgow State Mine, New South Wales, Australia.
A showcase for the industrial history of the Western Coalfields and an educational resource for the people of New South Wales.


The Magic Attic is a large local history archive located in South Derbyshire at the Sharpe's Heritage Centre, West Street, Swadlincote.

The archive contains newspapers, photographs, maps, artefacts and family history information for South Derbyshire and surrounding areas.

Visitors and enquiries from outside the region and from abroad are also given every assistance and are equally welcome. We work in close association with the libraries of Swadlincote and Burton on Trent and with most of the local history groups.

RolandMansfield Museum

Mansfield industrial gallery in the arcade at Mansfield Museum



Please allow me to introduce ourselves: our non-profit association “MijnVerleden” consists of a group of enthusiastic ex-miners. We built our own private museum ( at Genk, situated in the mine of André Dumont. See our email for help Mining Villages
The site was set up to gather information on some of the mining towns and villages in Fife, Lanarkshire and other areas of Scotland.  We hope you find this information useful and please call back -the site is a work in progress and we are adding new material all the time. 

Scottish Mining Website. The Scottish Mining Website aims to assist family and local history researchers by providing information on Scottish miners and mining areas, compiled from old reports, gazetteers and newspaper articles. 

We aim to cover all aspects of life in mining towns and villages from working conditions, accidents and strikes to housing, health and leisure. 

The site currently contains more than 22,000 names of those involved in the coal, iron and shale mining industries in Scotland.


Woodend Mining Museum
SmiithsonWoodend Colliery was a small pit in the Burnley Coalfield. Although there were a lot of pits in this area there is unfortunately little left on the surface to see and so when Harry and Carole Johnson bought the site little did they know of the history it held. As the site was cleared small artefacts were discovered and as the saying goes “from little acorns do mighty oak trees grow” in this case from a few rusty tools has a small museum grown.

See also Smithson Farm Woodend

Shropshire Mining Site




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