Haig Mine Museum Whitehaven
(currently closed due to financial issues)
Alert: As at 2016 the new museum
built at great public sector expense..is .closed and insolvency actions
recent media report.
The museum buildings 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 celebrated 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 -