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M2UNGU wrote a review Aug 2015
Forest of Dean, United Kingdom34 contributions9 helpful votes
In fact, many hidden gems! This site was a working iron mine until 1989. It is now a community volunteer run museum and a complete delight to anyone interested in industrial history and/or geology. The mine was VAST in it's working days - over 2000 workers and many km of underground roads - now flooded. This is a surface visit to hear the story of the mine from one of the local volunteer guides. They have a large collection of excellently preserved and presented artefacts to illustrate the tale. Learn about the life and work of the miners, see their tools from hand-drills to 'Jumbo' mechanised mining machines. If you have been to the 'Mining Galleries' AV presentation at Big Pit this is along those lines but much better. Much more to see and a human guide who will answer your questions. Also a large collection of rock and mineral samples (mostly brought in, not from this area). The miner's shower room has been used to display some rock samples. Each cubicle has samples of a particular rock, it's uses, geology and sources. Open Sunday afternoons only from July to September. Check the web site or call before travelling. It's well outside the village - obviously, it's a mine :-) We have taken care to ensure the map linked to this review is correct. On the day we visited only French was spoken by the volunteers so you will need at least one person in your group with a good knowledge of technical French if you are to get the most from this visit. A few souvenirs on offer and cold drinks. Modest admission charge.
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Date of experience: August 2015
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