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National Mining Museum

As part of our Local History Topic Welbeck, Clumber and Bestwood classes visited  the National Mining Museum near Wakefield on Monday 1st April.

We travelled down 140 metres in an authentic mining lift and sang “Baby Shark” as we descended!

Down in the mine we learned about the history of mining from the 1800s to the 1990s. We found out how dark it was when the lamps were turned off and how low the roofs were where the miners had to crawl to get to the coal face.

Back up on the top we looked around the Winding room, the Pithead Baths and the stables where we met some of the pit ponies. We all had a great time and very grateful that we don’t have to work down there!