Haig Mine Museum Whitehaven
Alert: As at September 2014 the
museum closed for building work...please ring & check before you plan
a visit. New cafe area opened late October 2014, but engine house not
expected to re-open until February 2015..Entry is free, the museum
is fully accessible and has a vending machine supplying hot drinks.
The museum grounds are dominated by the last remaining coal winding headgear
in the region.
The engine halls inside the museum
are dominated by 2 Bever Dorling steam winding engines, one of which is
fully restored and working on compressed air, restored by volunteers over
The museum has a selection of displays looking at the many mining disasters
in the area, the role of children down the mines, social history of the
surrounding area and how the miners lived.
Location: Solway Rd, Kells, Whitehaven, Cumbria. CA28 9BG. Tel: 01946
In May 2013: Staff, trustees and volunteers were celebrating the news
that the Lottery grant-making body for Heritage schemes had decided to
back Haig, in Whitehaven, with a £1.7million award. With agreement
from several other funders already won, work can now get started on building
a modern visitor centre within the grounds and on a major renovation of
the old colliery buildings. Together this will create a much improved
museum able to display a huge range of industrial memorabilia and documentation
and attract thousands of visitors.
More on Whitehaven coal mining history.
Whitehaven.org.uk home page -