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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 6 years.

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 599949

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.


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