Explore the area’s rich industrial and social history through the varied exhibits in our museum. From the formation of coal to the last working mine in Staffordshire, we visit the Romans, Victorians and the ordinary people who lived locally.

The museum is open on Saturday and Sunday from 10:30pm to 4pm and entry is free, although we do appreciate a contribution in our donations box. During the week the museum can open on request, subject to volunteer availability.

Miner's Cottage
Bath night in our recreation of a typical miner’s cottage
Mine Rescue van
Canary in a cage with resuscitator
Miners Lamps
Roman Body Armour

The Heritage Centre’s site was once a working coal mine and so of course we have an impressive collection of mining artefacts. Our collection includes a mine rescue van, a detailed model of a drift mine, tools, mine lamps, maps, photographs and the personal belongings of the miners. Mining was a dangerous activity and so we also remember three notorious local disasters including the Minnie Pit Disaster.

Our miner’s cottage evokes a fascinating insight into everyday family life in the past. The miner’s kitchen and scullery have recently been complemented by a yard area complete with outdoor loo and coal shed. And we go a bit more upmarket with a later parlour.

In addition the museum is pleased to host a small selection of locomotives and rolling stock from the Moseley Railway Trust’s extensive collection. Appropriately this includes a mining locomotive that once worked in Calverton Colliery, near Nottingham.