On Friday 13th May our Y6 children went to visit the National Coal Mining Museum in Wakefield. The children learnt all about the history of coal mining and even went down into the mine.

Below we have a report from one of our Y6 children about what they learnt that day;

On Friday 13th May, Y6 went to the Coal Mining Museum near Wakefield. We were excited to learn all about Bevin Boys which is our topic at the moment.

Our first stop was the mining lives gallery, where I learnt that the NUM stand for the National Union of Mineworkers. Here I found out that the miners organisation protect miners’ rights. Furthermore I found out horses and carts moved out coal to houses. I also learnt that from 1920 the miners used the Welfare Fund to support their families. This fund provided food for miner’s families in times of need.

Next we went down the pit but before we went we were given a torch and a helmet in order to protect our heads and so we can see through the dark. When I first got there I was frightened but soon felt okay because we had lots of fun. While down the mine I saw different objects such as dynamite, drills and machines. Lastly, I thought that the mine was dirty and dusty and I am glad that I don’t have to work down the mine like one of the children in Victorian times.

Finally we went to stables. Here there was a horse called Finn; who is 18 feet tall and 2 ponies called Eric and Ernie. I was fascinated to find out that some charities protect animals so the National Coal Mine tries persuading visitors to sponsor their ponies because it takes lots of money to look after them.

At the end of the day I went to the park to play and then we went onto the coach and went home. My favourite part of the day was going underground because I learnt how miners worked underground in tough conditions.