National Coal Mining Museum
We’ve been down the mines!
In the spring term, year 5 visited the National Coal Mining Museum in Wakefield. During the day we travelled back in time to when Queen Victoria was on the throne and children were made to work in the mines! To begin our journey, we had to travel 200ft underground in a small cage. Whilst underground, we learnt about the different job roles of the children and what the working conditions were like. We had to squeeze into small spaces just like working children would have done. We were able to see where coal comes from and how the introduction of machinery in the mines happened over the last hundred years. Above ground, we looked at the pit ponies, visited the museum and took part in a drama activity with Sal (a woman who worked in the mines in Victorian times). She told us about how hard life was and how it made her feel.