Burnley's hidden gem mining museum set to re-open with major new attraction

Burnley's unique Woodend Mining Museum is almost ready to re-open to the public following a full refurbishment during lockdown.
Carole Johnson and Keith Sharp with the new exhibitCarole Johnson and Keith Sharp with the new exhibit
Carole Johnson and Keith Sharp with the new exhibit

The small but fascinating museum on Woodend Road, off Barden/Greenhead Lane, hosts a collection of mining memorabilia second to none, much of it donated by local miners who still visit on a regular basis.

The displays have all been cleaned and reorganised, lighting has been improved and new items added to the collection, making the whole experience more enjoyable and informative for visitors.

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A major new attraction is a full-scale working model of a Clayton Undertype Steam Wagon. The model which took thousands of hours to make, has been completely handmade by Mr Keith Sharp of Duckworth Street, Barrowford, who works at the museum, and is shown here handing it over to Carole Johnson, custodian and curator of the collection.

The museum is situated at Smithson Farm, Camping and Caravan Site and is open daily (except Mondays) from 10 am until 4pm and there is a café open daily for refreshments, groups are also welcome by arrangement.

Call 01282 788290 for more information and directions. There is a nominal charge for entry.