Museum Care: Big Pit National Coal Museum

The Undeground Tour will be unavailable from 2nd – 29th September.

Big Pit will remain open for free to the public offering guided surface tours, including information regarding the work being carried out, with the Pithead Baths Exhibition, Conservations Stores, Canteen, Gift Shop, Fan House, Forge and other original colliery buildings all open. A new art exhibition will also be on display from 15th September, "Yama: The mining art of Sakubei Yamamoto", a selection of Japanese Coal Mining Painting and drawings by Sakubei Yamamoto.

What exactly is the work being undertaken?

Work will be carried out throughout September to repair, clean and paint the symbolic Headgear at Big Pit. The project is supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and a restoration grant from The Association for Industrial Archaeology.

Why is this work so important?

The Headgear requires restoration to prevent damage and corrosion. The work, when completed, will ensure visitors can continue to explore an authentic and unique underground experience and that Big Pit carries on telling the important story of how the coal industry shaped communities, society and the industrial world.