National Coal Mining Museum for England

View of Museum buildings including pit wheel, winding engine house and screens building
Caphouse Colliery New Road Overton Wakefield   WF4 4RH

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The National Coal Mining Museum for England is the museum of the English coalfields.  Set on the site of two historic pits, the Museum brings to life the history of one of the country’s oldest industries and an insight into a unique way of life and culture. Historic colliery buildings, interactive galleries and the chance to go underground in a real coal mine give pupils a powerful first-hand experience of what it was like to be a miner and live in a mining community. The Museum’s nature trail and mine water treatment plant with reed beds show how, even today, coal mining leaves its mark on the landscape.

Contact Details:
Jayne Young Education Officer

Learning Programmes:

The Museum runs a vibrant learning programme for school groups and welcome visits from all key stages. Our trails, hands-on workshops, and immersive activities support a broad range of curriculum subjects and provide a stimulus for lots of creative projects, including Arts Award. We also offer a loans box and outreach service. For more information about learning opportunities at the Museum, please visit the website




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