The Museum will take visitors on a journey through the Kent Coalfied from the first discovery of coal in 1890 to the last pit closing at Betteshanger in 1989.
The ground floor will explore:
- A day in the life of a Kent miner – both at work and home
- The history of coal mining in Kent
- The geography of the Kent coalfield
- The importance of coal through the years
- Geology – how coal is formed
Highlights will include a ‘journey’ of mine cars from Tilmanstone Colliery especially for the Museum, DOSCO roadheader interactive, original tools and clothing, and most importantly, the history of the coalfield told through voices of the actual people who lived and worked here.
‘BELOW’ is our underground exhibition space, where changing exhibitions will look at different aspects of the Kent Coalfield. The opening exhibition will be ‘Pride & Protest – Art and the Unions’ exploring how unions have used and been depicted in art, film, literature and poetry.
‘BELOW’ also houses ‘Your History’ where you can explore the coalfield collections of the Museum and its partners, particularly oral history and leave your own reminiscence to be archived in perpetuity.