£7.9m funding boost secures future of mining museum


THE financial future of Wakefield’s National Coal Mining Museum has been secured for the next three years thanks to a £7.9m funding boost.

The grant for the popular tourist attraction at Overton will come from the government and the National Museum of Science and Industry.

Dr Margaret Faull OBE, director of the site, told the Wakefield Express: “It is securing the future because we have a good working relationship with the science museum, who are very supportive.”

The NCM, which has free admission and parking, has trips underground to a genuine coal mine, fascinating exhibits, pit pony type horses and a new play area for children under five.

The museum is open from 10am to 5pm daily.

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