Chance to learn our industrial heritage

5 Aug 2015...National Play Day at the National Coal Mining Museum.Picture Scott Merrylees SM1009/16g

5 Aug 2015...National Play Day at the National Coal Mining Museum.Picture Scott Merrylees SM1009/16g

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WAKEFIELD youngsters had a chance to get in touch with their mining roots and have fun while doing it as part of a national playday.

The Mini-Miner Seaside special took place at the National Coal Mining Museum in Wakefield for under-fives and their carers as part of the nationwide Playday initiative which happens annually to highlight the importance of playtime in young children’s lives. The day included a train ride carrying the children from Caphouse Colliery to Hope Pit, where they listened to seaside stories, sang songs, enjoyed a treasure hunt and took part in lots of other seaside activities.

The event was seen by organisers as a great opportunity to introduce young children to mining heritage.

Assistant education officer at the Museum Sallyann Burley said: “Miners and their families traditionally visited the seaside for their holidays. Seaside holiday camps and day trips were particularly popular. Re-enacting this tradition seemed an appropriate activity for our youngest visitors to experience.”

The special marks the return of the Museum’s Wacky Wednesdays for under-5s, which resume weekly at the start of the school term. Sallyann said: “This event launches what we hope will be yet another successful year for our under-five offer.

“During term-time under-five children and their carers can drop-in for our popular Wacky Wednesday sessions of stories, songs activities and crafts.”

Already short-listed for the ‘Kids in Museum’ award the museum runs family activities throughout the holidays and aims to provide fun, active and interesting things to do for all ages.

The mother of a three-year-old said: “My son always looks forward to coming. We really enjoy all the activities like the storytelling, singing and the excellent crafting things we have made in a very friendly atmosphere.”

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