Mining museum’s historic treat

A HISTORIC coal mining building that is the last of its kind in the UK will be opened to the public next month.

Visitors to the National Coal Mining Museum will be given a tour of the Screens Building by former miners during a special heritage weekend.

The building, which dates back to 1904, was used to sort out and grade tubs of coal before they returned underground to be refilled.

And it is significant historically because it is the last of its kind and stands on its original site, with the actual screening plant.

Rosemary Preece, curatorial director at the museum, said: “Working in the Screens Building was extremely hard and heavy going, while working conditions would have been relentlessly dusty and extremely loud.

“A tour of the building by our former miners should give visitors a real flavour of what it would have been like to work in a once common but now unique building of real historical significance.”

The Screens Building can only be accessed by steep, narrow metal walkways, and the museum regrets that there is no wheelchair or pram access.

It will be open over his year’s Heritage Open Weekend, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday, September 8 and 9.

For more information please call the Museum on 01924 848806 or visit