Located in the rear gallery of the main museum building, this space tells the story of coal and coal mining through the ages. It will include:
- An introductory section featuring George Stephenson explaining the gallery.
- A highly interactive area exploring the origins, formation, properties and science of the raw material of coal focusing on what makes it such a valuable resource.
- The challenges and dangers involved in extracting coal and the technology that has been developed to overcome these including lighting, keeping the roof up and breathing underground.
- An area exploring the important time periods relating to the history of coal extraction and use in Leicestershire.
- A zone exploring the impact of coal mining in the context of people, society, health and welfare, economics and environment and the future of coal.
The stories will be told using a number of methods including:
- Audio visuals including films, sounds
- Interactive, hands-on exhibits
- Real museum objects in cases
- Large graphic panels and supporting graphic elements e.g. flip books
- Costumed figures
Download the design visuals for the Story of Coal and Coal Mining.
Page Last Updated: 13 May 2013