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Collection Summary

Collection Title
Archaeology Collection
Material relating to coal mining industry, remains of the Lount Pit and other material from Tudor coal mining.
Regional significance and national interest
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Suggested Audience
Not Specific
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Location Details

Snibston Discovery Park
Ashby Road Coalville Leicestershire LE67 3LN United Kingdom
Open Map
01530 278444
Visiting Information
See website.
Building Information
Snibston Discovery Park takes its name from one of the three coal mines sunk in the 1820s and 1830s that helped create the town of Coalville in north-west Leicestershire. Snibston Colliery was created by the famous engineers George and Robert Stephenson and it produced coal continuously between 1833 and 1983. When it finally closed in 1985 the site was purchased by Leicestershire County Council with the aim of preserving the most important buildings, turning the rest of the derelict site into a recreational area and building a major new museum of science and working life. The Discovery Park opened in 1992 and since then has welcomed over one and a half million visitors from throughout the Midlands. Many of the historic mining buildings are now very rare survivals of this once - widespread industry and have been designated as scheduled ancient monuments by the Government.
Collections Overview
The collections focus on objects relating to coal mining, but also reflect the lives of people living and working in the local area.
Display Overview
Here you can discover science and industry, fashion and textiles and the environment with popular "hands-on" exhibits interpreting real objects that tell the story of the working lives of Leicestershire people.
For details of other collections held at the same location: See the location record

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  • Museum.
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