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The map below shows the locations of museum members.  Click on the symbols to go to the museum page in the on-line handbook or use the list of museums.  If the map is only showing a selected museum, you can click here to show all of the museum members.  Click here to return to the main list of members.


The museums show on the map are themselves members of NAHMO or are operated by NAHMO organisations. Some are devoted solely to one aspect of mining, while others include mining as part of a more extensive programme. The descriptive pages which follow list the more usual facilities, while the educational, preservation, storage and the research aspects are described more fully in the text where they are available.

ACCURACY OF INFORMATION  In the world of the museums, facilities are continually being altered, generally to extend and improve them, but occasionally having to contract or close for various reasons. The details in these Handbook pages are accurate at the time of going to print, but NAHMO cannot accept responsibility for subsequent changes. If you are travelling any distance, or stewarding a large party, we would certainly suggest a prior telephone call to confirm availability. This caveat also extends to entrance fees and opening times.

EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES  Many museums cater for school parties, etc., though facilities vary greatly. Some have worksheets only, some have special rooms available for hire and some provide a guide. Most allow a free initial visit for teachers to view facilities and make arrangements. Details are found on the museum pages.

RESEARCH FACILITIES  Most museums collect relevant books and archive material. Where available this has been listed, but emphasis is placed on the necessity to make prior arrangements to consult this material.

PRESERVATION FACILITIES  All museums collect artefacts, many of which cannot be put on public display for lack of sufficient space. They welcome the donation or loan of appropriate items, and are often pleased to allow researchers to examine stored items -again we stress the necessity to make firm prior arrangements with the museum. Larger museums have on-site preservation capabilities, while smaller museums may have to keep items elsewhere

OTHER FEATURES  Many museums provide a range of other attractions such as souvenir shops, surface trails, workshops and railway relics as well as services such as cafes or tea rooms, picnic areas and occasional barbecue hearths. Special one-day events are sometimes organised perhaps revolving around some local mining tradition. Some museums often make provisions for holding conferences, functions and even parties. The list of topics below is cross-referenced to the activities section on each Museum page. To find out what events and what additional facilities may be available, contact the museum or the local tourist information office. The locations of museums are also given a map reference using the national grid coordinates (NGR).  

Mining museums within NAMHO

BCLMBlack Country Living Museum
CCClearwell Caves
MHMMoseley Heritage Museum
MOBSMuseum of Bath Stone
NCMNational Coal Mining Museum for England
PCHPendeen Community Heritage
(Geevor Tin Mine)
RMRadstock Museum