Key Stage 2

Maggie Morgan

Big Pit National Coal Museum

Visit old Maggie in her home, and listen as she recounts tales of her childhood as a door-girl underground and of life in the nineteenth century. Maggie is happy to answer questions about living and working conditions in the early days of mining.

Duration: 1 hour
Dates: Tuesdays only
Cost: Led by Museum staff - £40 for up to 15 pupils, £60 for up to 35. Free for some schools (see booking information).

‘Servants of the Empire’ – Victorian Children at Work

Big Pit National Coal Museum

What was life like for the thousands of children in Victorian Britain who went out to work? Draw on a variety of sources of evidence to find out more about the lives of working children, including objects from our collections.

 

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: Led by Museum staff - £40 for up to 15 pupils, £60 for up to 35. Free for some schools (see booking information).

Curriculum

History; Cwricwlwm Cymreig

Underground Tour

Big Pit National Coal Museum

A guided tour 90 metres underground with an ex-miner who recounts their personal experience of working underground. Key developments in the history of the coalfield are covered, to tell the story of how coal made Wales.

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: Led by Museum staff – free of charge.

Curriculum

History; Cwricwlwm Cymreig

Virtual reality expedition underground at Big Pit

Big Pit National Coal Museum

Working with Google Arts and Culture a virtual underground tour of Big Pit has been created. The VR tour is part of the exciting world of Google Expeditions.

To take part in the tour you can download the Google Expeditions app for free to a tablet and phone from either Google Play or the App Store. Using Google Expeditions a teacher can lead the tour from their tablet as a guide whilst pupils are explorers on phones. The phones are placed in viewers which allows the explorers to view 360° panoramas and 3D images.

The virtual tour gives you a taste of what it is like to go underground at Big Pit and provides access to those who may have difficulty accessing the site. Of course nothing can beat the real thing and the best way to experience the mine is by visiting Big Pit.

 

Free Self-led

Coity Tip Trail

Big Pit National Coal Museum

Take a walk around Coity Tip, the former spoil heap for Big Pit. Learn more about the life of the tip, and the plants and animals which can be found at this mini nature reserve.

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: Free of charge as is a self-led session.
Free In school

The First World War Education Project

Big Pit National Coal Museum

Brown leather "purse of gold" presented by the Blaenavon Colliery officials & workmen of Forge Slope Colliery to Mr David Evan Williams on attaining a commission as 2nd Lieutenant in Royal Engineers, April 22nd 1916. When issued the purse of gold would have contained about 35 gold sovereigns.

 

The National Library of Wales and National Museum Wales are leading a project to produce education resources for schools to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. As part of this project we are using items from the collections of both institutions to create digital teaching resources for Hwb.

Cost: For use in school - free of charge.