It's difficult to 'pen' a review of this amazing day out without repeating what many, many others have already stated. I remember well the miners strike of the 1980s but have never given thought to the work that was done, in some pits, over a 1000 metres down.
Our pit guide was a very knowledgeable chap called Mick Green who truly brought the experience to life, he was funny and factual in equal measure and an undoubted asset to the museum. Well done Mick. At the surface the museum allows you to wander around and soak up the displays at your own time and leisure, and this took so long that we didn't have time to head down to the Hope Pit end of the site. We'll save that for the undoubted next trip.
Unfortunately the only down side to the trip was the state of the toilets and cafe.
The toilets need regular cleaning as visitors are obviously happy to leave them in a disgusting state (why?). Also please, can somebody working in the cafe wipe the tables down on a regular basis? However all readers/visitors can help by returning their trays to the designated place at the far end of the seating area; as their is no admission fee I'd imagine funds are tight so do your bit to help them.
In summary then a fabulous educational day out, and for free! I think charging an admission price is inevitable as their funding stops soon, and I would happily pay for this experience.
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