A group of over 40 Year 9 pupils visited the National Coal Museum at Big Pit, Blaenavon on 25th November 2015. The group toured the workings and tunnels of the former mine that closed in 1980. Many of the children were quite taken aback at how difficult and dangerous life was for our forefathers who worked in such conditions.
Following the underground tour Ceri Thompson, the museum curator and former miner, gave a talk to the pupils about the importance of the Coal Industry to Wales and also to the wider World.
The group then visited the Pit Head Baths display area and also the Mining Galleries section where an audio-visual display, complete with working models of mining machines, showed how miners blasted and cut coal in the second half of the 20th century.