Durham Mining Museum

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Location: Town Hall, Spennymoor, County Durham DL16 6DG
Spennymoor, south of Durham. A167 south, turn right big roundabout on A688, follow signs Town Center.
(54.698905, -1.601595)
Open: All year Mon-Tue 10-14, Thu-Sat 10-14.
Fee: free.
Classification: MineCoal Mine
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours: self guided
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: no
Address: The Durham Mining Museum, c/o Spennymoor Town Council, Town Hall, Spennymoor, County Durham DL16 6DG, Tel: +44-757-701-2882. E-mail:
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The Durham Mining Museum covers mining in the Northern part of England i.e. County Durham, Northumberland, Cumberland, Westmorland and the Ironstone mines of North Yorkshire. Although there is actually a display room, it seems most of the museum is the library and data which is presented on their website (see link below). The data is very detailed concerning miners which were killed during accidents, obviously the thing which was documented most accurately.

The museum was located at the Thornley Community Centre. This center is gone, was obviously demolished and there is now a field. It seems the exhibition was moved to the Town Hall of Spennymoor, which is also a little weird. The town hall seems to be the upper level of a normal building with shops on the high street, the pedestrian zone of the small town. It seems it is part of the town hall and may be visited only during the open hours of the town hall. There is also an art exhibition in the town hall.