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Key Stage 2: Coal, Iron & Steam in the Black Country

Your students will investigate the impact of coal, iron and steam on life and industry in the Black Country.

An investigation pack, consisting of historic maps, images and documents, will be provided to supplement the evidence at the Museum.



  • To undertake an historical investigation using a range of sources, including historic buildings, landscapes, artefacts, photographs and archival material 
  • To develop historical enquiry skills by asking and answering historically valid questions, selecting and organising historically valid information and drawing conclusions relevant to the focus of the enquiry
  • To find out about key events and inventions in the development of coal mining and steam power
  • To understand the symbiotic relationship between coal mining and the development of steam power
  • To make appropriate use of dates, terms and historical vocabulary to describe the passing of time
  • To communicate their understanding of the benefits and disadvantages of steam power


Additional Activities

This visit can be enhanced with the following bookable activity (an additional charge applies and subject to availability)

Underground Mine Experience  


Associated Resources

Coal, Iron & Steam Project Planner

Coal, Iron & Steam Investigation Pack


Booking a Visit


Our Booking Team are available to offer help and advice when planning a visit. All educational groups must book in advance.

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Did you know?

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Charles Burrell & Son supplied 6 engines fitted with cranes to the War Department. During World War 1 they operated 24 hours a day.

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