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Mining Madness


Duration: 30 to 45 mins Capacity (max.): 60 pupils Age Group: Key Stage 1, 2 & 3 Cost: £15 + VAT



This interactive and lively show explores and explains why mining has always been a dangerous business. The students will see scientific demonstrations looking at flammable and inert gases including the problems each one causes. The students will then also see how miners would attempt to use air pressure to suck 'bad air' out of the mins to make them safe to work in. Finally, they will see first-hand Victorian 'Health and Safety' by seeing the presenter set themselves on fire in addition to creating a 'fire tornado' and the revolutionary 'Day Lamp'.

This show covers a broad spread of Science and History subjects that can be tailored to the specific learning levels for Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 in addition to your enquiry theme.



- To know the dangers of working in a mine.
- To understand the developments of safety in a mine.
- To take part in an interactive show.
- To understand some of the problems faced by miners in the 1800s and how these were overcome.
- To experience chemical changes and the resulting products.

Links to the National Curriculum 

Key Stage 1
History - Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.

Key Stage 2
History - A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupil's chronological knowledge beyond 1066.

Key Stage 3
History - Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain (1745-1901)
                               - A local history study.
Science - Understand that scientific methods and theories develop as earlier explanations are modified to take into account of
new evidence and ideas, together with the importance of publishing results and peer review.


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