Youngsters learn of mining heritage

Sophie Bitton rug ragging as the National Coal Mining museum come to Hemsworth library to promoting the educational and reminiscence loans box service.
Sophie Bitton rug ragging as the National Coal Mining museum come to Hemsworth library to promoting the educational and reminiscence loans box service.

Children had the chance to go back in time to the height of the coal industry at a workshop in Hemsworth.

The youngsters were able to touch and play with genuine objects from ‘down the pit’ when staff from the National Coal Mining Museum visited Hemsworth Library last Thursday.

Outreach worker Sally-Ann Burley, who dressed up as a miner’s housewife, showed children the museum’s loans box, which includes pictures, clothing and mining equipment.

The youngsters were also able to have a go at traditional crafts such as rug ragging.

The museum offers a wide range of educational outreach resources, such as object handling or scientific investigations, for primary and secondary schools.

It also takes out reminiscence boxes to care homes and community groups so older residents can remember what life was like when the mines were open.

For more information, visit www.ncm.org.uk or call 01924 848806.