As a resident of the North-East of England since 1972 I was witness to the slow strangulation of the coal industry. Woodhorn remembers those times very well. The museum itself is, essentially, the cleaned and sanitised remains of the pit. The wheels, engines, tracks and buildings are all there. Beautifully kept too. In the visitor centre it is even better. Forget the superb structure of the Centre, looking like a coal cutter, look inside. Brilliantly done. I was particularly impressed with he paintings from the Pitman Painters. I didn't use the Study Centre, but I am convinced that I will be back.
A really good day out.
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