In November 2005, the Nottinghamshire NUM Ex & Retired Miners Association was born. Initially set up to offer advice and provide a focus for ex miners to meet socially and talk “pit”.
Almost immediately we began to receive artefacts, photos and miners lamps and all manner of memorabilia.
We had a request from a school in Eastwood inviting us to go and share our coal mining experiences with local children, many of whom would have come from families with a coal mining heritage. An educational opportunity was born. Although we didn’t realise it at the time, this was the start of the Nottinghamshire Mining Museum.
The Nottinghamshire Mining Museum Ltd., became a company limited by guarantee on the 3rd January, 2017, Company No. 10545292. We became a Registered Charity on the 25th April, 2019, Charity No. 1183126..
Our current home is in the East Unit of Mansfield Railway Station, opposite the Midland Hotel. We open up for pop up exhibitions, which are advertised via our facebook and social media pages.
We aim to open on a more regular basis. We are looking to gain larger, permanent premises, to display and house our extremely large and growing collection of artefacts.
Local people are as keen to have their history preserved and their memories and stories passed on, as the visitors are to hear and see them.