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Heritage Open Days at the National Coal Mining Museum for England

Friday, August 10th, 2007

As part of Heritage Open Days Weekend, coordinated nationally by the Civic Trust in partnership with English Heritage, the National Coal Mining Museum for England will open new doors to the public from 7-9 of September.
Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. This is a once-a-year chance to discover the Screens Building at the Museum.
Guides from the Museums curatorial team will lead tours throughout the afternoon, following the route that coal once travelled at Caphouse Colliery. The tours will take in both the Screens Building and the Drift Mouth.
The Screen’s Building was built for the purpose of screening and grading the coal at Caphouse Colliery. Belts and metal trays with different sized holes were used to riddle and size the coal from dance (smaller pieces of coal) to the imaginatively titled larger pieces known as ‘Big Lumps’.
The Museum will also open their Medical Centre which will feature a Living History Interpreter, who will bring the role of a colliery nurse to life.
The event is free of charge, but places must be booked on arrival at reception.
For more information please visit: www.ncm.org.uk

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