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The Racecourse Colliery

2018 saw the launch of the refurbished Racecourse Colliery following a successful fundraising campaign in 2016.

Our Racecourse Colliery tells the important story of coal mining, which was at the heart of the industrialisation of the Black Country. Without coal, there would have been no steam power - the power behind the Industrial Revolution and the agent of social and economic change which helped create the world we live in today. 

Thanks to the generosity  of our supporters, the Colliery underwent a significant restoration of major works. Museum visitors can now:

  • See the tub lift being raised and lowered into the mine shaft by the working pit head, as it would have done in the early 20th century. This is powered by the newly automated winding engine.
  • Witness Charlie the pit pony demonstrate how coal would have been transported on the newly repair tub tramway.
  • Explore the Colliery at night, lit up with new electric lighting.
  • Visit the Miner’s Hovel to hear their conversations as they enjoy their ‘snap’.
  • Meet some of our exciting new costumed characters based on real people, including Mr Taft, a  real life mine manager, a Butty and the Pit Bank Wenches.

 We would like to say a huge thank you to all of our funders including:

DCMS/Wolfson  Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund,  Arts Council England, The Owen Family Trust, The E J Thompson Memorial Fund,  Friends of Black Country Museum, Purcell UK and generous individuals including our visitors and donors from the Big Give 2016 appeal.

And a special thank you to all the staff and pupils at Alumwell Junior School, Walsall, for their enthusiasm, time and fundraising support. 



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