Mining Memories, the new coal mining gallery

Experience the fascinating story of coal mining in Cannock Chase, discover how it shaped our area and meet the people who worked in the pits in our Coal Mining Gallery.

Mining Memories is a fascinating interactive journey back in time to the Cannock Chase coalfield, which was the backbone of the community until the last pit closed in 1993.

What was it like to work down the pit? Enter the pit cage and listen as it shudders and shakes its way to the mine! Dress as a miner and find out about his day at work! Watch archive films from the old Valley Training Centre and use our interactive maps to find out where the collieries were.

 Mining Memories