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Rosie Winterton Opens Special Exhibition at Coal Mining Museum in Wakefield

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

A new exhibition, Coals to Calder Grove was opened at the National Coal Mining Museum on October 25 by the Rt. Hon. Rosie Winterton, Minister of State at the Department for Transport. The Museum is delighted with the response the exhibition has received from guests at the official opening and the general public alike.
The exhibition is based around the story of the Caphouse mineral railway which was used to move coal from Lister Kaye owned collieries to customers throughout Yorkshire and beyond. The key element in this transportation was the mineral railway, which was constructed in the early 1850s, and for almost 100 years linked the collieries with the canal and mainline railway network.
Coals to Calder Grove will explore the history of this small but fascinating railway. The special exhibition will examine why the railway was needed, how it was constructed and operated and what remains of it almost sixty years on.
Rosie Winterton said of the exhibition “It is a great pleasure for me to open this exciting new exhibition ‘Coals to Calder Grove’ exploring the fascinating history of this small railway which linked into the British transport network to supply coal to the nation.”
“Coal mining and the transportation of coal around the UK via rail networks and canals has played a huge role in our social and industrial history. Yorkshire, in particular, has coal seams and railway lines threaded through its history, as this exhibit shows. I hope many Yorkshire people especially will take this opportunity to learn about a key part of our regional heritage first hand. But the National Coal Mining Museum is a free educational resource which I’m sure everyone will enjoy – no matter where they’re from.”
Rosemary Preece, Curatorial Director said “’The exhibition gives a fascinating insight into the way a small colliery railway came into existence and how it ran. A lot of the research is based on work by local historians and this, which includes the newly printed book by Malcolm Till about the line and its people, gives a real flavour of working life on the line.”
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Photo caption: Margaret Faull (Museum Director), Rosie Winterton, MP (Minister of State, Department for Transport), Malcolm Till (Author of Coals to Calder Grove), Cllr Mrs Pat Garbutt (Mayoress of Wakefield) and Cllr Allan Garbutt (Mayor of Wakefield).

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