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Heritage Open Day, from 8 Sep 2018, free entry


The Pit

The Pit


The National Coal Mining Museum for England will once again allow access to visitors to see inside the Coal Screens Building – a rare survivor of what was a very common structure across the English coalfields.

The Heritage Open Days allow public access to specific restricted areas of museums and cultural sites throughout the UK, and the tour of the Screens Building by a former miner will allow visitors to enjoy and experience a fascinating ‘behind the scenes’ look into the museum.

This year to link with the theme of Extraordinary Women you can meet the Pit Brow Lasses who would have worked on the surface of the coalmine in the 19th century coal screens, sorting coal.

The Screens Building, which was used to sort the coal from the waste rock and debris, dates from around 1904. The building received tubs of coal from the landing, which were then moved to the top of the screening plant and emptied, before returning to the cages to go underground to be refilled. The plant itself was - and still is - effectively a series of very large sieves that sorted the coal into different sizes that would initially have been loaded into railway wagons on the colliery’s own private railway but were later transported by lorry when the railway closed in 1942.

Please note access is restricted:

The Screens Building can only be accessed via a number of steep, narrow metal walkways, and the Museum therefore regrets that there is no wheelchair or pram access to this building. The Museum otherwise has excellent access facilities, and wheelchair access can be granted on the underground tour with prior notice.

Please book your free places on 01924 848806 or ask at reception upon arrival.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

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Event details

Dates Times
Sat 8 - Sun 9 Sep 2018 10:30 to 14:30
Sat 15 - Sun 16 Sep 2018 10:30 to 14:30


Free entry

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 21 Jul - Sun 2 Sep Seaside @ Pit
Sat 8 - Sun 9 Sep Heritage Open Days @ The Pit
Sat 15 - Sun 16 Sep Heritage Open Days @ The Pit


Caphouse Colliery,
New Road,



See location of National Coal Mining Museum for England on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SE 252164  Lat: 53.64376 Long: -1.61925

By Road:
Leave the M1 at jct 40 (A638) towards Wakefield, take the 1st right after the traffic lights (Broadway). The Malt Shovel pub will be on your right. At the end of Broadway turn right onto the A642 to Horbury and Huddersfield.

By Public Transport:
Nearest train station: Wakefield Westgate Railway Station
Nearest bus station: Wakefield Bus Station
Bus Route: Yorkshire Traction Bus 232 from Wakefield Bus Station. Drops off outside the Reindeer Inn.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality

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